Spoils of Brimfield | U.S. Army Field Desk

This was my prize acquisition from this year’s Brimfield show — a U.S. Army field desk. I have seen a few of these (and some of the larger versions) around on the internet, but never in real life and never at a reasonable price. The markings on the side seem to indicate that this mobile desk — which was most likely used for a clerk — was probably issued for the Korean War and not WWII. All of the drawers are intact and there is a perfect place for your typewriter, pen / pencils, paper and other supplies. All of the wood is original and worn-in nicely. The leather carry handles are even in pretty good shape. This desk is definitely something I have wanted forever and something I will own for a long time to come.

A vintage army field desk situated on a metal shop table.

Comments on “Spoils of Brimfield | U.S. Army Field Desk

    helloon June 7, 2010 @ 12:35 PM:

    This is the greatest thing I have ever seen on a blog full of great things.
    So much in such a simple, strong form. Well done! And thanks for sharing!

    Matton June 7, 2010 @ 1:31 PM:

    That is soooo sick! Great find!

    Things Is Coolon June 7, 2010 @ 1:38 PM:

    Not only is it a terrific object, but it’s an artifact with a rich history that can only be imagined.

    Jameson June 7, 2010 @ 1:39 PM:

    Oh my fucking God. This rules.

    kenyanon June 7, 2010 @ 2:07 PM:

    That needs the Sundance Catalog Treatment…. ACL/Sundance!

    By the way we’re ready when you are…


    ABon June 7, 2010 @ 2:24 PM:

    nice one

    jon June 7, 2010 @ 2:34 PM:

    Do you have measurements of this piece? I’ve been looking to get something similar but have limited space.

    Michael Williamson June 7, 2010 @ 2:38 PM:

    H20″ x W20″ x L16″

    That stand is not connected and not part of the trunk — FYI.

    Chrison June 7, 2010 @ 2:55 PM:

    I have been looking for a flat file cabinet. I wonder if one was made of similar design.

    Chris Brownon June 7, 2010 @ 3:37 PM:

    So rad!

    Matton June 7, 2010 @ 4:12 PM:

    I love the simple but so useful design. Once I get a bigger place, I’ll have to hunt one or these down.

    Curton June 7, 2010 @ 4:25 PM:

    What was the price for such a nice find?

    Russell Sproutson June 7, 2010 @ 4:30 PM:


    Tintinon June 7, 2010 @ 5:21 PM:

    My father still has the one he used in Vietnam. Special Forces Camp in the Central Highlands (Vinh Than) from ’66-’67. I love the smell of the wood and history in his. Problem is he painted it red. Now I’m fucked on the Antiques Road Show.

    MarcoBerlinon June 7, 2010 @ 6:27 PM:

    wow so good!
    that thing will rock every room you place it in!

    Matton June 8, 2010 @ 5:47 PM:

    Now that is incredible! Very nice find.

    bob corriganon June 8, 2010 @ 9:27 PM:

    Wow – if you were to buy a period typewriter to fit in to the designated typewriter area, which one would you get?

    yhbhson June 9, 2010 @ 5:33 PM:

    nice score.

    jameson June 10, 2010 @ 9:55 AM:

    Thanks for posting the measurements.

    augustineon June 11, 2010 @ 2:58 PM:


    heart charlieon June 15, 2010 @ 8:52 PM:

    This is amazing and I want it :)

    Jackon June 22, 2010 @ 1:27 AM:

    Keep on the lookout for the matching table. Should be relatively easy to find as they made a zillion of ’em. It’ll totally improve the ergonomics.

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