San Francisco Antiques: The George H. Fuller Desk Company

Posted by admin on August 6, 2011

San Francisco Antiques

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Note:  This San Francisco Antiques post is a history of the George H. Fuller San Francisco Desk Company.


The San Francisco Antiques website has researched information on George H. Fuller who originally founded the George H. Fuller Desk Company in San Francisco, California in 1876.  He was trained as a cabinet maker and built the detailed, beautiful desks that bear his name.  His company built the desk that is featured on this San Francisco Antiques website.

San Francisco Antiques:  History of the Roll Top Desk

San Francisco Antiques found that roll top desks were just being manufactured and becoming popular in offices in the last quarter of the 1800′s just when George Fuller was starting his company.  His roll top desks were the new innovations in office furniture at the time, and he took pride in producing high quality, handcrafted furniture such as the roll top desk featured on San Francisco Antiques website. 

San Francisco Antiques also discovered that the roll top desk continued to be used in offices until the 1930′s enjoying a very long period of popularity among businesses for over 50 years (and, San Francisco Antiques believes, presently also).  The less attractive steel desk became more popular and took the place of the roll top desk. 

Roll top desks, like San Francisco Antique’s desk built by George H. Fuller, are a very popular item among antique collectors.  San Francisco Antiques’ desk has an added appeal for San Franciscans in that it was built by one of its own skilled craftsmen over a century ago.

San Francisco Antiques:  1906 Earthquake Devastated Businesses and Individuals Alike

San Francisco Antiques researched the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and found that it devastated both individuals and businesses.  On April 18, 1906 at 5:12 in the morning, an earthquake of what most (including San Francisco Antiques) would agree was around 7.9 magnitude, struck San Francisco.  The epicenter was about two miles offshore.  The quake ran along the San Andreas Fault for 296 miles, and the vibration was felt from Los Angeles to Central Nevada and on up to Oregon. 

San Francisco Antiques:  San Francisco’s Loss

San Francisco Antiques discovered that between both the earthquake and the fire (mostly caused by ruptured gas lines), approximately 80 percent of the city was completely destroyed.  Of this 80 percent, San Francisco Antiques found, an amazing 90 percent of the damage was caused by the out-of-control fires. 

San Francisco Antiques further researched and discovered that people were discouraged, and many moved their families, businesses, and cultural pursuits south to Los Angeles.  San Francisco Antiques research also found that much of the creative and artistic portion of the population moved to Carmel where the reputation of being friendly to the arts is alive and well to this day. 

San Francisco Antiques finds this rather ironic since the same San Andreas Fault that caused the earthquake in San Francisco runs south to Los Angeles where most people thought they would be leaving the possibility of devastating earthquakes behind them.  In fact, the San Andreas Fault runs between approximately the Salton Sea in Southern California to Mendocino along the Northern California coast—an amazing 800 miles long.  

San Francisco Antiques:  George H. Fuller Retires 

It was in this setting that George H. Fuller found himself after approximately 30 years in business.  The economic devastation has been compared to that of Katrina and estimated to be equivalent to many billions in modern dollars.  Mr. Fuller was about 66 years old after the earthquake.  It was a difficult decision, but he decided to sell his ledger and business to two brothers named Samuel and James Rucker.  He then retired and ended his business, building beautiful furniture. 

San Francisco Antiques:  The Rucker Fuller Desk Company Helps to Rebuild San Francisco

The Rucker brothers had purchased a furniture store in 1886 and named it the Rucker Brothers.  Samuel Rucker had also been mayor of San Jose from 1890-1892.  The brothers learned that there were two ships in San Francisco’s bay full of office furniture.  They purchased the furniture and helped businessmen rebuild their beloved San Francisco under the name Rucker Fuller Desk Company. 

San Francisco Antiques was told that this has always been a source of pride to the company for the past century because they rolled up their sleeves and helped San Francisco’s businesses and people after this devastating event. 

San Francisco Antiques:  Changing Locations and Owners

In 1908, the brothers moved their company into a building on Mission Street and ended up staying at that location for 25 years.  One of the brothers, Sam Rucker, died in 1921.  There have been various locations the company has moved to since then, and they are currently owned by the Ferrari family.  The current name of the company has been changed to One Workplace, but San Francisco Antiques found that they still have their website because they have been known by that name for so many years. 

San Francisco Antiques:  “Keep that desk.  It’s an antique!”

One Workplace’s sales manager, Lin Repola (who was kind enough to furnish much of the history on the company), stated to San Francisco Antiques, “Keep that desk. It’s an antique!”  She recommends that San Francisco Antiques should keep the featured roll top desk. 

Yes, it truly is an original, beautiful San Francisco antique.  San Francisco Antiques is currently seeking a buyer who can fully appreciate the handsome roll top desk featured in this website and made by George H. Fuller almost 110 years ago.  Call or email San Francisco Antiques today!



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