It's a real wooden desk, probably bought new around 1938-1942, feels and
looks like it's mahogany. Around the curved back and sides of the desk runs
a 1/32" thick, 3/4" wide strip of brass trim that has ~1/2" dia elliptical
holes about 3/4" O.C. along the entire length of the trim which is about
We just righted the desk [I had been regluing a broken leg] and discovered
that the repeating hole pattern is an elliptical hole (long axis vertical)
and two smaller, sort-of triangular holes adjacent to it just next to the
I've looked in some modern woodworking catalogs I have and found nothing
even close. I just tried two "antique restoration" sites on the web, but
it's not really an antique in the sense these people mean the word and
there's nothing (obvious) either.
First question: What is this brass trim called?
Second question: Where could I get replacement? It doesn't have to be
exactly the same since I'm planning on refinishing the desk and replacing
the entire piece of trim, but I'd at least like to have it look similar.
Relics in Witney, if you're in the UK. If you need an exact match, talk
to somewhere that does CAD-to-metal processing by either waterjet,
laser or chemical etch (etch was cheapest, last time I looked)
(Etched brass and polyester resin makes damned cheap fake Boulle work
for minimal effort)
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