Remember when my mom bought that Transitional Rococo Revival/Renaissance Revival Chair at that estate sale a while back? Well, she also placed a bid on (and won!) this beautiful secretary.
Manufactured by the Cron-Kills Co., out of Piqua, Ohio, this secretary illustrates affordable, yet elegant, craftsmanship.
Built in the early 1900s (I’m guessing 1930s), this secretary combines Victorian splendor through the detailed claw feet, Art Nouveau undulations seen in the front, a Sheraton influenced arched pediment, along with the sleek lines of the Arts and Crafts movement.
Unfortunately, the finial on the front does not go with this piece, and it’s unclear where the original may have disappeared. It’s a slightly different color finish than the rest of the piece. The finial, along with the detachable bookcase, was shoved in a closet at the owner’s house!
The interior of the desk really caught my eye when we were at the estate sale. All those little compartments! There are even a few hidden ones!
Andrew J. Cron (1852-1905) started the Cron-Kills Company in Piqua Ohio after working for L.C. & W.L. Cron Furniture Company as a cabinet maker. Cron passed away in 1905, leaving his partner, R.B. Kills, to carry out business. The Cron-Kills company was most known for their ladies slant-top writing desks, as well as their wardrobes. The company went out of business around 1940.
Hover, John Calvin and Joseph Daniel Barnes, ed. Memoirs of the Miami Valley, Volume 1. Boston: Robert O. Law Company, 1920. Print.