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Vintage & Antique Desks For Sale

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The History of desks is very much linked to the rise of literacy during the last 500 years. The first were portable boxes with a sloping lid which gave somewhere to read and annotate the valuable books they contained. And as more people gained access to their own books and learned to write, so the need for personal desks rose. Some of these writing boxes were given legs turning them into static pieces of furniture for the home, and during the 18th Century there also arose a far more elegant writing table called an Escritoire. As the fashion for letter writing increased so too did the complexity of the desk. Then during the second half of the 19th Century Office design was given a much needed make over and the desk took on a new role within the business world.


Today we still love the practicality and craftsmanship of our antique and vintage desks with the twin Pedestal design remaining the most popular followed perhaps by the Roll Top. For those wanting plenty of desk surface, drawers, and an air of presence, then the double-sided Partners Desk is ideal. In contrast for those looking for a more homely effect then the Davenport and Ladies Desk work well.


Whatever your desk needs at LoveAntiques you will find a fine selection of Antique and Vintage examples to choose from.      

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Mahogany Military Campaign Style Pedestal Desk

£ 1,375

€1,606
$1,730
Mahogany Military Campaign Style Pedestal Desk

Mahogany Military Campaign Style Pedestal Desk

£ 1,375

€1606
$1730

Marylebone Antiques

Lovely Mahogany Writing Desk

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Lovely Mahogany Writing Desk

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Lovely Mahogany Writing Desk

Lovely Mahogany Writing Desk

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Leather Mid Century Mahogany Nine Drawer Twin Pedestal Deep Desk

£ 480

€561
$604
Leather Mid Century Mahogany Nine Drawer Twin Pedestal Deep Desk

Leather Mid Century Mahogany Nine Drawer Twin Pedestal Deep Desk

£ 480

€561
$604

Avego Antiques and Collectibles

Walnut Pedestal Desk

Philip Hunt Antiques

Walnut Pedestal Desk

£ 2,250

€2,628
$2,830
Walnut Pedestal Desk

Walnut Pedestal Desk

£ 2,250

€2628
$2830

Philip Hunt Antiques

Victorian Mahogany Writing Table

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Victorian Mahogany Writing Table

£ 595

€695
$748
Victorian Mahogany Writing Table

Victorian Mahogany Writing Table

£ 595

€695
$748

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Mahogany Kneehole Desk

Bury Court Antiques

Mahogany Kneehole Desk

£ 775

€905
$975
Mahogany Kneehole Desk

Mahogany Kneehole Desk

£ 775

€905
$975

Bury Court Antiques

Antique Sheraton Revival Mahogany & Satinwood Desk

£ 975

€1,139
$1,226
Antique Sheraton Revival Mahogany & Satinwood Desk

Antique Sheraton Revival Mahogany & Satinwood Desk

£ 975

€1139
$1226

Marylebone Antiques

Antique Oak Roll Top Writing Desk

Town House Traders Ltd

Antique Oak Roll Top Writing Desk

£ 390

€456
$491
Antique Oak Roll Top Writing Desk

Antique Oak Roll Top Writing Desk

£ 390

€456
$491

Town House Traders Ltd

Victorian Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Victorian Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk

£ 445

€520
$560
Victorian Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk

Victorian Mahogany Ladies Writing Desk

£ 445

€520
$560

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Victorian Carved Oak Desk with Green & Gold Leaf Leather

£ 1,600

€1,869
$2,013
Victorian Carved Oak Desk with Green & Gold Leaf Leather

Victorian Carved Oak Desk with Green & Gold Leaf Leather

£ 1,600

€1869
$2013

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Impressive Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Table

£ 2,250

€2,628
$2,830
Impressive Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Table

Impressive Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Table

£ 2,250

€2628
$2830

Philip Hunt Antiques

Neat Size Victorian Pedestal Desk

£ 1,350

€1,577
$1,698
Neat Size Victorian Pedestal Desk

Neat Size Victorian Pedestal Desk

£ 1,350

€1577
$1698

Georgian Antiques

Antique George III Quality Walnut Kneehole Desk

£ 2,850

€3,329
$3,585
Antique George III Quality Walnut Kneehole Desk

Antique George III Quality Walnut Kneehole Desk

£ 2,850

€3329
$3585

London City Antiques

French Bleached Oak Pedestal Desk

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

French Bleached Oak Pedestal Desk

£ 950

€1,110
$1,195
French Bleached Oak Pedestal Desk

French Bleached Oak Pedestal Desk

£ 950

€1110
$1195

Sussex Antiques and Interiors

Antique Mahogany Campaign Desk

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Antique Mahogany Campaign Desk

£ 650

€759
$818
Antique Mahogany Campaign Desk

Antique Mahogany Campaign Desk

£ 650

€759
$818

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Rare Victorian Satinwood Partners Writing Table

£ 1,650

€1,927
$2,075
Vintage Walnut & Oak Leather Top Desk

£ 1,100

€1,285
$1,384
Vintage Walnut & Oak Leather Top Desk

Vintage Walnut & Oak Leather Top Desk

£ 1,100

€1285
$1384

Marylebone Antiques

Maple & Co Mahogany Directors Desk

Richie Perrott Antiques

Maple & Co Mahogany Directors Desk

£ 1,200

€1,402
$1,509
Maple & Co Mahogany Directors Desk

Maple & Co Mahogany Directors Desk

£ 1,200

€1402
$1509

Richie Perrott Antiques

Exhibition Quality Burr Walnut Pedestal Desk

£ 3,250

€3,797
$4,088
Exhibition Quality Burr Walnut Pedestal Desk

Exhibition Quality Burr Walnut Pedestal Desk

£ 3,250

€3797
$4088

Georgian Antiques

Antique Georgian Mahogany Writing Table / Desk

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Antique Georgian Mahogany Writing Table / Desk

Antique Georgian Mahogany Writing Table / Desk

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Marylebone Antiques

Burr Walnut Kidney Shaped Desk

£ 5,750

€6,717
$7,233
Burr Walnut Kidney Shaped Desk

Burr Walnut Kidney Shaped Desk

£ 5,750

€6717
$7233

Georgian Antiques

Large Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 750

€876
$943
Large Mahogany Partners Desk

Large Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 750

€876
$943

FB Antiques

Victorian Mahogany Leather Top Pedestal Desk

£ 795

€929
$1,000
Victorian Mahogany Leather Top Pedestal Desk

Victorian Mahogany Leather Top Pedestal Desk

£ 795

€929
$1000

Mersham Manor Antiques

18th Century French Louis XVI Period Secrétaire à Abattant

£ 8,500

€9,929
$10,692
18th Century French Louis XVI Period Secrétaire à Abattant

18th Century French Louis XVI Period Secrétaire à Abattant

£ 8,500

€9929
$10692

Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat

£ 3,800

€4,439
$4,780
19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat

19th Century French Mahogany Inlaid Bureau Plat

£ 3,800

€4439
$4780

Lee Wright Antiques Ltd

Early Victorian Mahogany Kneehole Desk

£ 795

€929
$1,000
Early Victorian Mahogany Kneehole Desk

Early Victorian Mahogany Kneehole Desk

£ 795

€929
$1000

LT Antiques

French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk

£ 1,675

€1,957
$2,107
French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk

French Leather Top Bureau Plat Desk

£ 1,675

€1957
$2107

Marylebone Antiques

Rare Antique Regency Quality Mahogany Secretaire Sideboard

£ 5,750

€6,717
$7,233
Rare Antique Regency Quality Mahogany Secretaire Sideboard

Rare Antique Regency Quality Mahogany Secretaire Sideboard

£ 5,750

€6717
$7233

London City Antiques

19th Century Oak Kneehole Desk

£ 575

€672
$723
19th Century Oak Kneehole Desk

19th Century Oak Kneehole Desk

£ 575

€672
$723

Millers Antiques

Painted Oak Lowboy Writing Desk

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Painted Oak Lowboy Writing Desk

£ 270

€315
$340
Painted Oak Lowboy Writing Desk

Painted Oak Lowboy Writing Desk

£ 270

€315
$340

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Antique Desk & Vintage Desk FAQs 


How do I identify the age and style of an antique desk?

Closely examine the way the antique desk was constructed, especially its joinery. A desk created prior to 1860 in the United Kingdom, the year machines were first used to craft furniture, had hand cut dovetails that were fewer compared to the modern ones and were slightly uneven. If you find imperfections on some of the parts of a writing desk or a pedestal desk, for example, and when a desk had oil, wax, milk paint and shellac, and wooden pegs, dowels and even square nails were used, then the desk is indeed an antique piece. It's also essential to get familiarised with the popular time periods of antique furniture styles, which include Queen Anne, Baroque, Rocco, Georgian, Edwardian, William and Mary, Victorian, and Chippendale, and the materials popular at that time, like oak, mahogany, leather, and even brass. These antiques often have a reasonably high price, which a lot of first time buyers are puzzled at. The high quality types of wood like mahogany and oak, used in them results in durability that can last for centuries, if maintained properly. The material alone could contribute to the high price these pieces are usually associated with if created in the modern times.


How can I date my antique desk?

Take note of the style of the antique desk, but don't base your judgment solely on it. Identifying certain features that were popular for antique desks in a certain period, such as the bracket feet, wouldn’t be enough to tell you how old the antique desk is, as styles can be reproduced over time. Determining the style of a kneehole desk, a pedestal desk, a regency writing table, or any other antique desk, would just be among the many things that help you determine the date they were constructed. You need to check the back, inside, and the bottom for signs that the desk was hand cut. Some antique desks have elements like chair spindles having slight differences, which would mean that these were likely created before 1860. Another way of knowing if it’s an antique desk is if there are nicks and elbow grease. There were also certain types of timber that were popular during different periods. For example, an oak desk was popular in the 1700s, the mahogany writing desk and the walnut desk were widely used in 18th century England, the Victorian boxwood table gained attention in the 19th century, and there was a brass and leather table from 1960 England. A type of wood that remained popular among table and cabinet makers past the 19th century is the burr walnut. Don’t forget to check the upholstery materials, which would often have damasks and brocades, among many different yet recognisable patterns. Also, screws weren't completely created by machine until 1848, so if you find ones with uneven appearance, the item would most likely be an antique.


How much do vintage desks cost?

These desks can be sold for a price of £125 to £36,500 in the United Kingdom, especially when in great condition. Figuring out the value of a vintage desk isn't easy; there are many factors you have to consider when determining the price of an old piece of furniture. The age of an old writing desk or a library table, for example, won't be enough to fetch a good price, especially when not in good condition. What could drive the price up for an antique desk is if it was crafted by a popular manufacturer, belonged or crafted for someone important in society or belonged to a well-known clan. Take note that the most valuable vintage desk is rare, so you have to check if the piece of furniture has an unusual size, shape or created for a certain purpose. Another thing to watch out for that could increase the price of the item is a unique carving motif and less common glass colour. You can find fine examples of these pieces for sale at the Love Antiques site.


Can I contact dealers directly to discuss vintage desk items through Love Antiques?

Love Antiques is an online marketplace where dealers can display their antique and vintage pieces. Whether you’re looking for a vintage writing table or a pedestal desk, among many others, the site connects you to trusted genuine vintage dealers. The transaction happens between the customer and the dealer. If you are interested in an item or have questions regarding an item listed on our site like its price, you can contact the antique dealer directly. Along with details such as the type of wood like mahogany and oak or other materials like brass and leather, and the date of manufacture, the dealer’s telephone number is included on the item's page. There’s also a section on the page that gives you an option to send an email to the dealer. If there’s a particular furniture you’re interested in, be it vintage or from periods such as Victorian and Georgian, simply type your preferences on the search bar and you’d be shown results containing the desks you’re interested in. You can also add materials in your search like leather, brass, mahogany and oak. For the finest vintage desk for sale UK collectors go after, visit Love Antiques.


What are the most popular periods for antique desks offered by Love Antiques?

Love Antiques offers antique desks for sale from the most popular periods of history: the regency periods Victorian and Georgian, the Edwardian, the 19th century, and the 20th century. We have further subdivided the 19th century into mid, and late. We have also put emphasis on periods early 20th century as well as the late Victorian period. Love Antiques has a wide selection of vintage and antique desks on offer at competitive prices from the most reputable dealers in and outside England. Whichever type of wood, purpose, or style period you’re going for, we’re sure you’ll find it here. We are confident there is something for all tastes and budgets at Love Antiques. Figuring out the authenticity of a writing or pedestal desk, for example, isn’t easy. Even harder to determine is its price, especially if you’re someone who’s new in antiques collection. You would need the guidance of a reputable antiques expert. Rest assured, here at Love Antiques, we have checked each of the antique furniture dealers you’ll be getting your vintage or antique desk from, so you wouldn’t have to worry about whether the antiques for sale that you’re looking at are authentic or not.