Large-sized wooden cased perpetual desk calendar, circa 1950

The classic 'linen roller' perpetual desk calendars are notable for their simple Modernist design and distinctive Gill Sans typeface. They were manufactured in three sizes (5.5, 7.5 and 9 inches high) and were in common use throughout the 1940s and 1950s.

This is a very fine example of the largest (9 inch) calendar. The case is made from wood and plywood (a mixture of oak and mahogany) with a golden honey finish. The knobs are chromed and knurled and the linen date roll and day/month rollers are protected by the original glass window.

The calendar has been fully disassembled, cleaned and polished and is in excellent condition. It is shown below with its stablemates to give an idea of scale.

Base 195mm x 60mm; height 260mm

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