The Antique Partners Desk was first seen in the late Georgian period in Britain. It was designed for professionals with larger offices, like banks, solicitors and accountants. These new larger desks had a working bank of drawers and cupboards on both sides enabling two people to sit and work at them on either side comfortably and facing each other. Antique partners desks were real statement pieces and came with a generous sized knee hole, ideal to fit an office chair. These pieces of antique furniture were built for professional tradesmen or senior officials meaning they were high up in society. This meant they are usually constructed from superb quality timbers and no expense would have been spared in making them. Antique partners desks will also have high quality brass wear, along with leather tops and made from solid timbers such as Mahogany, Oak or Walnut. The quality and finish of these desks are superb made to exacting standards. A modern equivalent would cost around £10 k to be made to a bespoke order. Our antique partners desks offer the potential buyer a chance to own an original for a fraction of the cost. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Partners Desks for sale
Below are more examples of antique partners desks that we have sold, we often get lovely examples in stock but if any style looks of interest let us know and we can try to find you something similar.
Stunning Quality Antique Scottish Victorian Oak Partners Desk. This true partners desk dates from the Victorian period, circa 1880, is constructed from oak and is of stunning quality. It is an extremely clean and tidy piece for its age and worth noting that to have a desk like this made today, to these exacting standards, you would be talking in the region of £10k! This original version is a bargain in comparison. It has a rectangular moulded top with a green tooled leather writing insert over a centrally located oak lined drawer above a large knee hole. The piece originates from Scotland with evidence that it was actually made there, the locks on the desk being stamped ‘J & T. Scott, Edinburgh’. This stunning antique desk is a real find, the quality of both materials used and craftsmanship evident in its making are hard to find in today’s world. It also has the added benefit of the charm only associated with a piece of antiquity, something that can never be found from a new piece! It is a lovely rich warm shade of oak (very desirable in the current market) with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Large, Victorian Antique Mahogany Partners Desk of stunning quality with wonderfully large proportions, a definite wow factor! The combination of quality and proportions displayed by this desk makes it a very unusual find which we are very pleased to offer for sale. The rectangular moulded top is inset with a black tooled leather writing surface and sits above a central drawer over knee hole. This is a true partners desk whereby each side is a mirror image of the other. The only difference being the internal make up of the cupboards, one of which has a later added shelf providing more versatile storage. The desk sits on a moulded plinth with castors and has been beautifully restored and French polished. Desks of this size and quality are not often available for sale on the open market.
Large Victorian Golden Oak Antique Partners Desk. Each side of the desk offers slightly different storage options. One side has a wide central oak lined drawer above a very generously sized knee hole flanked by two pedestals, these each contain four graduating oak lined drawers with brass handles. The opposite side has three oak lined drawers above two cupboards with unusual brass release buttons. This stunning antique true partners desk is unusually large, a real statement piece, that stands proudly on a plain plinth with castors. It splits into three sections, making transportation easier than one might think.
Large Solid Walnut Victorian True Antique Partners Desk. This very impressive solid walnut antique Victorian ‘true’ partners desk dates from around 1890. It has been polished to a very high standard and deserves to be the centre piece of a grand office or reception desk to a boutique hotel.
Edwardian Partners Desk of impressively grand proportions. The ‘executive’ side has a central drawer over large knee hole between two pedestals and a single deep drawer with file dividers. The ‘clerks’ side has two working cupboard doors with delightfully figured panels, the interiors of which have removable shelves. It truly is a magnificent piece of antique furniture and deserves pride of place in a large office.
19th Century Oak Antique True Partners Desk, each side is a mirror image of the other having working drawers and a cupboard.
Victorian Antique Partners Desk, unusual in style with rounded corners and an inverted break front on the ‘Managers’ side.
Georgian Design Partners Desk from the Edwardian Period having brass swan neck handles.
Arts & Crafts Solid Oak Antiques Partners Desk with very unusual locking mechanism by “Kaye’s of Leeds, 93 High Holborn, London” which is fully working and comes complete with a single key. Each drawer front also has a key hole, locking button and drop handle.
Dear James,I collected the bureaux and I’m very pleased with them, Thank you for your Confidence and correct business .Hope to do more business in future.Kind regards,Erik
Hi James,The desk arrived today and it’s fabulous! Thanks, Sian
- Tony Purell,
I have my writing desk ... Victorian circa 1890 walnut with red leather insert. AMAZING though i would have loved the keys to lock the drawers. delivered in perfect condition (well for 130 years old perfect). I only ask if Driscolls can fine me a small walnut chest of drawers to go with it! 5 or 10 stars all the way for me. Thank you so much.