all original rare american industrial “uhl art steel” cold-rolled steel roll top stenographer workstation with largely intact oxidized copper finish – toledo metal furniture co., toledo, oh.
Musuem - SKU: 51-13911-12
remarkably rare and completely intact early 20th american made vintage industrial “uhl art steel” typist or stenographer compact workstation fabricated by the toledo metal furniture co., toledo, oh. the optional mobile or stationary roll-top office desk is comprised of pressed and formed cold-rolled steel. amazingly, the original oxidized copper finish remains largely intact. the four-legged base with centrally located patented “spider” support contains a fully functional lever used to raise or lower the casters. the interconnected steel slats move freely on the wrought steel track. contains a multitude of varnished quartered oak wood platforms for placement of typewriter, stationary, etc. the hinged sides or leaves contain folded steel edges. the brackets are comprised of cast iron. the roll-top locks into position when pull down. original key with fully functional lock. very well-designed and structurally sound. exceptional in every way. the toledo metal furniture company, manufacturer of uhl art steel furniture offered to druggists and soda dispensers, factories and offices a line of convenient, durable, economical and serviceable steel furniture. the uhl idea was conceived and the first chair brought into existence through the “sweat of the brows” of the uhl brothers, joe and clem, in a small bicycle repair shop in toledo, several years ago. this first chair when completed, although crude in comparison with the present-day product, proved the idea a success. it at once established the u-shaped formation of cold-rolled steel as the most ingenious method invented for securing in the legs of chairs, stands and tables a maximum of strength with a minimum of weight without any sacrifice of appearance. it proved that the novel patented truss-locking device was a marvel of simplicity and strength. it proved that the uhl “brain-child” was worth a careful bringing up.
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