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Promoted item:Gorgeous Antique Maddox Governor Winthrop Drop Front Desk

Gorgeous Antique Maddox Governor Winthrop Drop Front Desk

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About Winthrop Furniture

The first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony was a man known by the name of John Winthrop. Born in Surrey, England, legend says Winthrop came to Massachusetts with an original piece of furniture that instantly gained favor with the colonists: a slanted drop-front desk. After the desk became popular, it was re-named in honor of its original owner. While the story is nice, there is little truth to it. Governor Winthrop was a real man who ruled Massachusetts until his death in 1649, but this was a good 50 years before the first drop-front desks appeared in his native country. The famous curves attributed to the Gov. Winthrop style weren't created until the mid-1700s, when Thomas Chippendale designed the first desk of this variety. Although many members of the public believe this style of furniture was named for a specific man, looking at this story from a historical perspective, it is obvious Governor Winthrop never owned the piece of furniture attributed to him. While Thomas Chippendale technically invented the design, he never labeled it as a 'Gov. Winthrop,' either. The answer to this riddle rests with the Winthrop Furniture Company of Boston, who created a new model of the desk in 1924 and called it the 'Gov. Winthrop.' The name is now a common part of furniture vocabulary, and has increased the popularity of other furniture of the same design, commonly known as the 'Gov. Winthrop' style. Many different types of antique furniture can be found today bearing the name Winthrop due to this unique design.