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Spoils of Brimfield | U.S. Army Field Desk

Jun 7th, 2010 | Categories: Americana, Brimfield, Military, Vintage | by Michael Williams

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: 22

22 Comments to “Spoils of Brimfield | U.S. Army Field Desk”

  1. hello
    on Jun 7th, 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!

  2. Matt
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 1:31 PM

    That is soooo sick! Great find!

  3. Things Is Cool
    on Jun 7th, 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.

  4. James
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 1:39 PM

    Oh my fucking God. This rules.

  5. kenyan
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 2:07 PM

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

    By the way we’re ready when you are…


  6. AB
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 2:24 PM

    nice one

  7. j
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 2:34 PM

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

  8. Michael Williams
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 2:38 PM

    H20″ x W20″ x L16″

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

  9. Chris
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 2:55 PM

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

  10. Chris Brown
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 3:37 PM

    So rad!

  11. Matt
    on Jun 7th, 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.

  12. Curt
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 4:25 PM

    What was the price for such a nice find?

  13. Russell Sprouts
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 4:30 PM


  14. Tintin
    on Jun 7th, 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.

  15. MarcoBerlin
    on Jun 7th, 2010
    @ 6:27 PM

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

  16. Matt
    on Jun 8th, 2010
    @ 5:47 PM

    Now that is incredible! Very nice find.

  17. bob corrigan
    on Jun 8th, 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?

  18. yhbhs
    on Jun 9th, 2010
    @ 5:33 PM

    nice score.

  19. james
    on Jun 10th, 2010
    @ 9:55 AM

    Thanks for posting the measurements.

  20. augustine
    on Jun 11th, 2010
    @ 2:58 PM


  21. heart charlie
    on Jun 15th, 2010
    @ 8:52 PM

    This is amazing and I want it :)

  22. Jack
    on Jun 22nd, 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.