7/25/2024, 18:3:5

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 Writing Desk

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Mahogany Writing Desk

£ 425

€496
$535
Mahogany Writing Desk

Mahogany Writing Desk

£ 425

€496
$535

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Freestanding Davenport

£ 1,885

€2,202
$2,371
Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Freestanding Davenport

Quality Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Freestanding Davenport

£ 1,885

€2202
$2371

London City Antiques

Georgian Style Inlaid Rosewood Writing Table / Desk

£ 1,500

€1,752
$1,887
Georgian Style Inlaid Rosewood Writing Table / Desk

Georgian Style Inlaid Rosewood Writing Table / Desk

£ 1,500

€1752
$1887

Marylebone Antiques

Large William IV Mahogany Davenport

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Large William IV Mahogany Davenport

Large William IV Mahogany Davenport

£ 895

€1045
$1126

FB Antiques

Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Davenport

£ 995

€1,162
$1,252
Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Davenport

Victorian Inlaid Burr Walnut Davenport

£ 995

€1162
$1252

Rettendon Antiques

Swedish Vintage Elm Dressing Table / Desk

£ 975

€1,139
$1,226
Swedish Vintage Elm Dressing Table / Desk

Swedish Vintage Elm Dressing Table / Desk

£ 975

€1139
$1226

Marylebone Antiques

Regency Rosewood Slide Top Davenport

£ 1,495

€1,746
$1,881
Regency Rosewood Slide Top Davenport

Regency Rosewood Slide Top Davenport

£ 1,495

€1746
$1881

Philip Hunt Antiques

Mahogany Chippendale Style Faux Partners Desk

£ 1,895

€2,214
$2,384
Mahogany Chippendale Style Faux Partners Desk

Mahogany Chippendale Style Faux Partners Desk

£ 1,895

€2214
$2384

Philip Hunt Antiques

Writing Desk Edwards & Roberts Country Oak 1830-1850

£ 1,450

€1,694
$1,824
Victorian Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Desk

£ 1,295

€1,513
$1,629
Victorian Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Desk

Victorian Mahogany Chippendale Style Writing Desk

£ 1,295

€1513
$1629

Camden Antiques

Burr Walnut Queen Anne Style Writing Desk

£ 1,295

€1,513
$1,629
Burr Walnut Queen Anne Style Writing Desk

Burr Walnut Queen Anne Style Writing Desk

£ 1,295

€1513
$1629

Camden Antiques

Regency Library Writing Table

£ 1,295

€1,513
$1,629
Regency Library Writing Table

Regency Library Writing Table

£ 1,295

€1513
$1629

Millers Antiques

Georgian Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 4,950

€5,782
$6,226
Georgian Mahogany Partners Desk

Georgian Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 4,950

€5782
$6226

Hingstons Antiques

Antique Burr Walnut Writing Desk by Howard & Sons

£ 3,500

€4,089
$4,403
Antique Burr Walnut Writing Desk by Howard & Sons

Antique Burr Walnut Writing Desk by Howard & Sons

£ 3,500

€4089
$4403

Marylebone Antiques

Vintage 1930s Air Ministry Oak Desk

£ 580

€678
$730
Vintage 1930s Air Ministry Oak Desk

Vintage 1930s Air Ministry Oak Desk

£ 580

€678
$730

Wilsford Antiques

Early 20th Century Painted Grain Beech Desk

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Early 20th Century Painted Grain Beech Desk

£ 1,200

€1,402
$1,509
Early 20th Century Painted Grain Beech Desk

Early 20th Century Painted Grain Beech Desk

£ 1,200

€1402
$1509

Knight Fine Antiques & Collectables

Art Deco Mahogany Desk

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Art Deco Mahogany Desk

Art Deco Mahogany Desk

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Athey Antiques

19th Century Mahogany Writing Table or Desk

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

19th Century Mahogany Writing Table or Desk

£ 370

€432
$465
19th Century Mahogany Writing Table or Desk

19th Century Mahogany Writing Table or Desk

£ 370

€432
$465

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk

£ 1,475

€1,723
$1,855
Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk

Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk

£ 1,475

€1723
$1855

Hingstons Antiques

Small Georgian Kneehole Desk

£ 695

€812
$874
Small Georgian Kneehole Desk

Small Georgian Kneehole Desk

£ 695

€812
$874

Millers Antiques

Mahogany Carlton House Desk

Harry Raine Antiques

Mahogany Carlton House Desk

£ 1,150

€1,343
$1,447
Mahogany Carlton House Desk

Mahogany Carlton House Desk

£ 1,150

€1343
$1447

Harry Raine Antiques

Early 20th Century Walnut Twin Pedestal Writing Desk

£ 1,200

€1,402
$1,509
Early 20th Century Walnut Twin Pedestal Writing Desk

Early 20th Century Walnut Twin Pedestal Writing Desk

£ 1,200

€1402
$1509

Richie Perrott Antiques

Victorian Burr Walnut Piano Top Pop Up Davenport

£ 2,450

€2,862
$3,082
Victorian Burr Walnut Piano Top Pop Up Davenport

Victorian Burr Walnut Piano Top Pop Up Davenport

£ 2,450

€2862
$3082

Church Street Antiques

Antique Inlaid Mahogany Leather Top Carlton House Desk

£ 4,750

€5,549
$5,975
Antique Inlaid Mahogany Leather Top Carlton House Desk

Antique Inlaid Mahogany Leather Top Carlton House Desk

£ 4,750

€5549
$5975

Marylebone Antiques

Edwardian Mahogany Ball & Claw Desk Chippendale Style

£ 375

€438
$472
Edwardian Mahogany Ball & Claw Desk Chippendale Style

Edwardian Mahogany Ball & Claw Desk Chippendale Style

£ 375

€438
$472

Harry Raine Antiques

Superb Mahogany Partners Desk

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Superb Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
Superb Mahogany Partners Desk

Superb Mahogany Partners Desk

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

Fernyhough Antiques Ltd

Chippendale Style Walnut Desk by Druce & Co of London

£ 3,300

€3,855
$4,151
Chippendale Style Walnut Desk by Druce & Co of London

Chippendale Style Walnut Desk by Druce & Co of London

£ 3,300

€3855
$4151

Georgian Antiques

Mahogany Military Campaign Style Desk

£ 1,295

€1,513
$1,629
Mahogany Military Campaign Style Desk

Mahogany Military Campaign Style Desk

£ 1,295

€1513
$1629

Marylebone Antiques

A Large Victorian Walnut Knee Hole Desk

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
A Large Victorian Walnut Knee Hole Desk

A Large Victorian Walnut Knee Hole Desk

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Elmgarden

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk by Maple & Co

£ 885

€1,034
$1,113
Antique Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk by Maple & Co

Antique Edwardian Inlaid Mahogany Desk by Maple & Co

£ 885

€1034
$1113

Marylebone Antiques

Antique Burr Walnut Leather Top Partners Desk

£ 3,950

€4,614
$4,969
Antique Burr Walnut Leather Top Partners Desk

Antique Burr Walnut Leather Top Partners Desk

£ 3,950

€4614
$4969

Marylebone Antiques

Superb Art Deco Satin Birch Desk

Joseph Riley Furniture

Superb Art Deco Satin Birch Desk

£ 875

€1,022
$1,101
Superb Art Deco Satin Birch Desk

Superb Art Deco Satin Birch Desk

£ 875

€1022
$1101

Joseph Riley Furniture

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.