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Antique and Period Desks

As well as our comprehensive range of new desks, we also stock a large range of Period Desks, all fully restored to a high standard in our own workshops. These range from Desks made in the 1950’s through to Antique Desks made in the Edwardian and Victorian Period.

Please view our current stock listed below.

Current Stock

late Victorian Cylinder Top Desk.

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A fine quality late Victorian Cylinder Top Desk.
Made using American Walnut.


The top cylinder section works smoothly reveling the interior with six small satinwood drawers and letter racks. The pull out writing slide has three leathered sections, inlaid with new Bottle green leather. The middle slope can be hinged to work or write letters at.


A small mahogany gallery is located on the top surface.


Six locking Pedestal drawers with the original brass handles.

Fully restored and re polished.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

54" (137cm)

46" (117cm)

30" (76cm)

£2695
SpecialJanuary clearance price £2195

Edwardian '1901-1910', 'S' shaped Roll top desk

Width

Height

Depth

Price

47.5" (121cm)

50.5" (128cm)

30.5" (78cm)

£2095  Sale Price £1879

A very unusual Edwardian '1901-1910', 'S' shaped Roll top desk made in Satin birch. Lovely interior made up of pigeon holes, letter racks & drawers.


The desk is paneled all the way around & has pull out brush slides, for extra writing platforms. There are 8 drawers the bottom right hand drawer being a double drawer. Each drawer has beautifully carved shaped hand made handles a real feature to this desk.

English Oak Roll Top Desk

An English Oak Roll Top Desk. Made around 1920. This wonderful example has recently undergone a full restoration in our workshops. This included a full re french polish to the original medium oak colour.


Generous proportions, being 55" ( 140 cm ) in width and 49" ( 125 cm ) in height. The smooth running S Shaped locking Tambour Shutter reveals a detailed interior with four small drawers, pull out pencil trays and letter compartments.


The Desk itself has four single drawers on the left pedestal , a double and two single drawers on the right pedestal. Original Wooden handles and two pull out platform slides located under the desk top. Paneled sides and back with a rear modesty back board fitted between the two pedestals.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

55" (140cm)

49" (125cm)

32" (81cm)

£2195  Sale Price £1975

Width

Height

Depth

Price

43" (109cm)

53" (134cm)

12" (30cm)

£495  Sale Price £395

An interesting circa 1900 Oak Bureau Bookcase. The central Writing Bureau section, is flanked by two lockable cupboards. There are open shelves for books etc.


The locking Bureau fall, conceals a fitted pigeon hole interior. Restored and re polished to the original Medium Oak shade.

1900 Oak Bureau Bookcase Small Victorian Pitch pine pedestal desk

A Small Victorian Pitch pine pedestal desk, Nine single drawers fitted with the original solid brass handles.


Fully restored & wax polished, original olive green leather

Width

Height

Depth

Price

42" (107cm)

30" (76cm)

19" (48cm)

£625  Sale Price £559

A lovely Edwardian ( '1901-1910' ) mahogany pedestal desk with paneled sides & back. This desk has nine locking drawers with solid brass swan drop handles, fitted also with brass castors making the desk easy to move.


Fully restored with a new Red leather top

Width

Height

Depth

Price

48" (122cm)

31" (79cm)

25.5" (65cm)

£1325  Sale Price £1195

Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk.

A popular size Victorian Mahogany Pedestal Desk.

Nine locking drawers with turned wood knobs. Rounded top and plinth corners.

Cleaned and french polished.  Lovely mellow colour with a Bottle Green leather top.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

48" (122cm)

29.5" (75cm)

27" (69cm)

£1395  Sale Price £1149

Mahogany Victorian ( circa 1890 ) Pedestal Desk.

A fine quality Mahogany Victorian ( circa 1890 ) Pedestal Desk.


A very usable mid size. Nine locking single drawers with round brass knobs, hand cut dovetails.


Restored and re polished, retaining the lovely mellow mahogany shade. The top is fitted with a new olive green skiver leather.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

54" (137cm)

30" (76cm)

31" (79cm)

£2295  Sale Price £1995

Partners Desks

1930’s Mahogany Partners Office Desk

A 1930’s Mahogany Partners Office Desk. Each side of the Desk has six drawers including a double depth file drawer plus a pair of pull out leathered platform slides.


Lovely panelled pedestal sides supported on brass capped legs.


Restored and re polished to a mid antique mahogany shade with a new Wine leather top fitted.  

Width

Height

Depth

Price

60" (152cm)

30" (76cm)

48" (122cm)

£1955
Special January clearance price £1495

1920's Oak Partners Desk

A very large impressive 1920's Oak Partners Desk. Each side of the desk has eight dovetailed drawers including a double depth file drawer. The middle drawers and two of the side drawers have locks. All drawers fitted with the original solid brass handles.


The two pedestals sit on small shaped legs. Restored and re polished to the a light golden oak shade with a new one piece Bottle Green hide leather top with gold gilding. The desk is made in three sections.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

72" (183cm)

30" (76cm)

42" (122cm)

£2649
Special January clearance price £1995

An Edwardian ( 1901 - 1910 )  Oak Glazed Bookcase

An Edwardian ( 1901 - 1910 )  Oak Glazed Bookcase.  Two glazed doors, adjustable shelves inside.  Shaped Pelmet top section.


The base section has two drawers with the original art deco style handles. Cupboard doors with a further storage inside.  

Width

Height

Depth

Price

35.5" (90cm)

82" (208cm)

16.5" Top 12" (42cm-31cm)

£1045  Sale Price £895

All prices shown include VAT

A Charming, Edwardian ( 1910 ) Child's Writing Desk. Made in English Elmwood. Four single drawers with the original Brass handles. A pull out platform slide, a foot rest between the pedestal and side panel.


Fully restored and fitted with a new Wine leather top.


Width

Height

Depth

Price

33" (84cm)

26.5" (67cm)

18.5" (47cm)

£495  Sale Price £445

Width

Height

Depth

Price

42" (107cm)

28.5" (73cm)

23" (59cm)

£849  Sale Price £749

A very small, petite Mahogany Edwardian ladies Writing Desk. (circa 1910)


Nine single drawers with the original fine quality brass plate handles. The plinth pedestals bases have round turned feet fitted to increase the working height.


Fully restored and fitted with a new Olive Green leather top.


Width

Height

Depth

Price

60" (152cm)

30" (76cm)

36" (91cm)

£625  Sale Price £559

A 1960's Solid Mahogany Writing Table. Two drawers. Strong square legs.


Re polished to a rich antique mahogany shade with a new Bottle green leather top fitted.

An Edwardian ( 1901 - 1910 ) Dickens Style Desk. Made using solid Ash, which is similar in appearance to Oak.  


The desk section has nine drawers with the original brass ring handles. A further two drawers are located on the desk top with a brass gallery running along the back edge.

Polished to a light golden shade with an Olive Green leather inlays.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

48" (122cm)

35.5" (90cm)

24" (61cm)

£1195  Sale Price £995

Width

Height

Depth

Price

59.5" (151cm)

30" (76cm)

35.5" (90cm)

£695  Sale Price £625

A 1920's Country Style Writing Table. Manufactured in Pitch Pine, Oak and Beech. Three drawers with the original Brass Cup Handles. Gun Barrel style turned legs. Natural waxed finish.

Tan leather top.


Width

Height

Depth

Price

60" (152cm)

28.5" (72cm)

32.75" (83cm)

£1095  Sale Price £979

An unusual 1960's Oak desk with inset black plinth bases. The desk has 7 drawers with a double filing drawer at the bottom of the right hand pedestal. It also has a pair of pull out platform slides located under the desk top.


Re polished to the original medium oak colour & fitted with a new wine leather top. The desk unscrews into sections making it easy to move.

A very large impressive 1920's oak partners desk. On one side of the desk it has 9 single drawers & a pair of pull out platform slides located under the top. On the opposite side of the desk it has a pair of cupboards with shelves inside & a pair of pull out platform slides located under the top also a central drawer. This desk has it's original brass & copper handles . The pedestals have small tapered legs at the bottom, paneled sides & doors.


The desk unscrews to make it easy to move. Fully restored & re polished to a lovely medium colour &  fitted with a new green hide leather.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

72" (183cm)

30" (76cm)

48" (122cm)

£1995
Special January clearance price £1595

Width

Height

Depth

Price

72" (183cm)

30" (76cm)

48" (122cm)

£2295
Special January clearance price £1895

A Large impressive Mahogany Edwardian Partners Desk (1901 - 1910)

Each side of the Desk has the same drawer layout. The left side having three single drawers, the right side having one double and a single drawer, a large centre drawer and a pair of pull out platform slides, cleverly concealed under the desk top.

Solid brass swan-neck handles fitted.

The pedestals have paneled sides and are supported on small tapered legs with brass box castors.

Restored, french polished and fitted with a new one piece Bottle Green hide leather top with Rose patern gilding.
Made by Cookes of Finsbury.

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A 1920's  Four Drawer Oak Filing Cabinet. 

This useful period filing cabinet has been convert in our workshop to take modern foolscap files. Four large drawers with the original wooden handles and brass information plates.

Paneled sides and back. Re polished to the original medium oak shade.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

15.5" (39cm)

54" (137cm)

27.5" (70cm)

£1095  Sale Price £949

Width

Height

Depth

Price

60" (152cm)

30" (76cm)

36" (91cm)

£1745  Sale Price £1549

This fine quality, Nine drawer Pedestal Desk which was made in the 1920's, features an inset middle drawer, a three paneled leather top, carved top edge detailing, rounded edges and carved cabriole legs.


All the drawers are locking and have the original shell design brass handles.


Re polished and fitted with a new Bottle green leather inlays with Rose gilt tooling.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

72" (183cm)

30" (76cm)

36" (91cm)

£3295  Sale Price £2949

An outstanding Solid Walnut Pedestal Desk. Eight locking drawers with the original wooden handles. The middle drawer has a loose tray for pencils and other nick knacks. There are two pull out platform slides under the desk top. Both have leather inlays. The right slide also has a sculptured pencil tray and early plastic bakelite insert which help date the desk between 1910 - 1920. The front elevations have vertical fluted columns. Five fielded panel sides and a paneled back incorporating a modesty back board.

Restored and re french polished retaining the original golden walnut shade. The desk top and pull out slides have been re lined in tan leather with Rose gilt detailing.

A Small 1920's Oak Desk. Two drawers with a pull out platform slide. Original period handles.

Re polished and fitted with a new Green leather top, snake pattern gilding. 

Width

Height

Depth

Price

38" (96cm)

28" (71cm)

20" (51cm)

£425  Sale Price £379

Width

Height

Depth

Price

54" (137cm)

31.5" (80cm)

24" (61cm)

£1349  Sale Price £1195

A very unusual 1920's Art Deco Desk. Solid Oak construction. Nine drawers with brass cherub head handles. Diamond shaped patterned veneered drawer fronts with black line detailing.

Carved fretwork on the bottom front plinths. Turned oak feet.

Angled sloping pedestal sides.  Restored and re french polished to a lovely mid golden oak colour. Fitted with a new black leather top with thin line gilding detail.


Width

Height

Depth

Price

48" (122cm)

29.5" (75cm)

24" (61cm)

£1395  Sale Price £1149

Another popular size Victorian Oak Pedestal Desk. Circa 1890


Nine locking drawers with turned wood knobs. Rounded top and plinth corners.


Cleaned and french polished.  Unusual light golden oak shade. Fitted with a new Olive Green leather top.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

66" (168cm)

31" (79cm)

38" (97cm)

£2795  Sale Price £2495

A fine quality 1920" Oak Panelled Desk. Eight drawers including a double depth drawer in the right pedestal. Lovely hand carver handles. A pair of pull out platform slides located under the Desk top, plus a panelled modesty panel fitted between the back pedestals.


Cleaned and re french polished to the original medium to dark oak shade. The top has been re lined in Tan leather with Rose gilt edging.


As with most of these Period desks, it is made in sections for easy transportation and assemble.

Width

Height

Depth

Price

66" (168cm)

50.5" (128cm)

36" (92cm)

£3995  Sale Price £3595

This wonderful Oak Roll Top Desk was made by the Horrocks Desk Co in New York, USA. The company was founded in 1886 by Michael Foley, William Horrocks and Frank Lathrop.

It was once one of the largest manufacturers of Desks in the United States. The town of Herkimer was known as the " desk capital of the world "


This Desk would have been imported into England in the late 1890s. There was an outlet in central London for the sale of Horrocks Desks.


We purchased the desk from a family member of the Author K.M. Peyton. She wrote many of her 50 novels on this desk, including the much loved "Flambards" series of stories about the Russell family which spanned the period before and after the First World War, for which she won both the 1969 Carnegie Medal from the Library Association and the 1970 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize, judged by a panel of British children's writers. In 1979 the Flambards trilogy was adapted by Yorkshire Television as a 13-part TV series, Flambards, starring Christine McKenna as the heroine Christina Parsons. A copy of the Flambards book is included in the sale.

The Desk itself is without doubt the largest, most impressive Roll top we have ever offered for sale.


We have sympathetically restored the desk to it's former glory. The interior is a work of art. No fewer than 34 drawers. 2 cupboards and letter racks. The base right hand side drawer has the original Horrocks index book, which has never been used.

Small caved handles and turned knobs, with slots for info tags. The middle concave section is framed with the shaped cupboard doors and drawers. The tambour shutter works well and has the original key and brass escutcheon.


The main part of the desk has eight drawers with large caved handles. A pair of pull out platform slides are located under the desk top. Paneled sides and paneled back pedestals with a fitted modesty back board.


A rare opportunity to purchase the King of Roll top desks with some history and providence.