Oak is easy to distinguish from mahogany, cherry or black walnut due to its golden-toned lighter hue.
Remove a drawer from the roll-top desk to see how it was put together.
Solid black walnut has a natural dark brown hue with attractive grains.This exhibit is limited to desks of the latter types that were marketed in the U. Desks with writing surfaces, drawers, pigeonholes, and slots for ledgers existed in England by the end of the 17th century. (see row immediately below), and Abner Cutler (two rows below) were all in Buffalo, NY.