In my wanderings, I have amassed a modest collection of unusual antique teaching tools. Scrolling art desks, chalkboards and easels are among my favorite objects. They combine two of my favorite things: educational charts and chalkboards. I find the captivating and extensive scrolls so magical. Many of the scrolls are quite long- 25 to 30 feet. You simply turn the knobs on the sides to scroll through the images and change the framed display.
I sold a Chautauqua Art Desk last weekend at the Brooklyn Flea that had an 1890s rendering of the Brooklyn Bridge and lower Manhattan in white on a black background. It is on its way to the purchasers home in Norway. How I wish I had taken a photo before I sold it! That particular model (very similar to the one pictured just below) was made for older and more sophisticated students, but I also have some charming models made for young children with letters, flags, animals and vehicles.