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Vintage steelcase double pedestal desk, also known as the “tanker desk” - Manufactured in the late 1940's - 50's. The top five steel manufacturers of the period were McDowell Craig, General Fireproofing, All Steel, Shaw Walker and Art Metal.
This desk has one file drawer, 4 box drawers and two pullout writing surfaces. The tanker desk is sturdy and practically indestructible, an often-overlooked relic of American design.
The chair is a Sturgis Posture Chair, coming out of Michigan Ohio, also during the height of steel manufacture – early 50’s. It was an innovative design with the freshly patented “Swivel chair” and “Resilient back rest” features. These two pieces are quite complimentary, and we’ve decided to sell them together.
We are putting this up in a category called DIY sale, because this set is a prime candidate for restoration.
Laminate top is heavily stained, with some cuts. There are two small dents on either side of the frame and heavy ware on the paint. Chair needs to be re-upholstered. Structurally, both chair and desk are sound; all wear is purely aesthetic. If the set doesn’t sell by the time were ready to refinish, we plan on sandblasting both pieces to give a polished steel look, putting on a new laminate top & reupholstering the chair. Once refinished, the price will go up, so if you’re a do-it-yourselfer, get it before we have the chance.
Hints on restoring:
The quickest and easiest way is to take the tanker to an auto body shop, have them sandblast and pop out the dents. The linoleum top you can do yourself – the top is glued on. You can take a paint scraper and peel away the adhesive. There’s an innumerable amount of laminate suppliers, find one that works best for you. You can either buy it in a sheet and cut it yourself, or have them cut it to size. You could re-upholster the chair yourself, or take it to a professional. But in the DIY spirit, why not give it a go.

We’re willing to ship it, but unsure of the exact cost. Send us an email and we can figure out the best way to get it to you. Local pick-up is always encouraged and free.

Vintage Industrial Tanker Desk and Chair