The Antique roll top desk or also known as the tambour front desk was first designed in the Late Victorian period usually in Walnut or Mahogany but during the Edwardian period these became extremely popular and good English Oak was used in their construction. This went on throughout the early 20th Century with companies like Waring and Gillows, Lebus, Inglesants (who also made good quality stacking bookcases) and Angus of London. They were always in solid Oak with a single or twin pedestal and the tambour fronts were in a D or S shape. The interior would usually have interesting compartments, like pigeon holes, letter racks and small drawers and often they would have a locking mechanism, that would lock all the drawers when the tambour front was closed and locked. If you are interested in buying a roll topped desk please visit our desk category as we do get some wonderful examples in stock and if we do not currently have any available, please email us to be added to our wanted list so we can let you know as soon as the next available tambour font is available. We also have a few examples for sale below along with previously sold designs.
Roll Top Desks & Cylinder Desks for sale
below are some fine examples that we have previously sold, so you can see the types we regularly have on offer –
Small Edwardian Oak Roll Top Antique Desk.
This delightful tambour fronted antique desk dates from around 1910 in the Edwardian period and is made from oak. The roll top is in an ‘S’ shape which when opened reveals an interior with two small drawers, several pigeon holes, letter racks and pen holders. It has a single drawer over the knee hole while the pedestal has two smaller drawers over a single deeper drawer, all with the original handles. The sides and back of the desk are panelled providing the option of placing it in the centre of the room if one desired. This beautiful and relatively small antique desk has aged to a medium dark shade of oak with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Edwardian Mellow Oak Antique Roll Top / Tambour Front Desk.
Dating from around 1900 this wonderful mellow oak Edwardian antique desk has a roll top front. The ‘S’ shaped tambour front, once opened reveals two small drawers, several pigeon holes and pen holders. The writing service is full of character after years of use in times when using pen and ink were the main way of recording events and communicating! The top rests on two pedestals, each having three graduating drawers and a pull out writing slide. The back and sides of the desk are panelled, the back having the extra benefit of a panel added at a later date to provide greater stability. This antique desk splits into four sections, making transportation and positioning that bit more simple.
Edwardian Oak Roll Top / Tambour Front Antique Desk stamped “Angus London”
This fine quality compact Edwardian oak antique desk dates from around 1900 and has an attractive tambour front. When the roll top is opened it reveals an interior that contains two small drawers, with the original turned handles, two pull out pen slides and several pigeon holes. The locking mechanism is stamped “Angus London” and still works, locking all the drawers when the top is closed. The base has a wide drawer over ample knee hole while the pedestal contains a pull out writing slide and three graduating drawers with moulded edges along with the original moulded handles. The sides and back are attractively paneled and the whole desk oozes charm and character.
This Quality Oak Edwardian Tambour Front / Roll Top Antique Desk circa, 1910 has a slatted S shaped tambour front top with the original brass key escutcheon stamped Lebus Desk, central drawer and over knee hole. The interior comprises of several pigeon holes, two small drawers with super character. Each pedestal has a pull out writing slide and four graduating drawers with the original shaped handles. A fabulous feature of this desk is that the roll top has to be fully opened to access the drawers.
Quality Antique Edwardian Oak Roll Top Desk.
Dated 1905, this Edwardian oak antique tambour front desk is a lovely quality. It displays a silver presentation plate describing how the desk was presented to a Mr Henry Robinson on behalf of India Mill’s of Stockport. At its height the mill employed around 1500 people in the cotton industry. This particular desk has a slatted tambour front top with an ‘Angus, London’ stamped working lock with key. Once opened it reveals two small drawers, several letter racks and pigeon holes. There is a central drawer over knee hole flanked by two pedestals both having pull out writing slides. The left pedestal contains four drawers while the right contains two drawers over a single double height drawer, all have the original handles. The desk has paneled sides and back so maybe placed in the centre of a room if so desired (it could be the perfect reception desk maybe?).
S Shaped Edwardian Solid Oak Antique Roll Top Desk.
Edwardian Oak Antique Roll Top Desk stamped Inglesants Of Leicester
This Appealing Edwardian Oak Antique Roll Desk has the original makers stamp Inglesants Of Leicester circa, 1910. It has a beautifully slatted S shaped roll top with the original brass key escutcheon and key with working lock, as the top rolls down it automatically locks all the drawers.
This quality Large Edwardian Oak Antique Roll Top Desk dates from ca. 1900 and is full of beautiful charm and character. It has an S shaped roll top with slatted front, key with working lock, above a central drawer over kneehole. Each pedestal has a pull out writing slide above graduating drawers with the original moulded handles.
- 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.
- Antique bureau to London,
Dear James, Just to confirm that I received my Bureau today, and that I’m very pleased with it. Can I also ask you to pass on my grateful thanks to your two delivery men. They did a fantastic job in getting the Bureau up onto the first floor for me. Not only did they cope with the difficult stairs, but they also had an extremely hard time in getting the Bureau up and over the top banister rail. A job very well done. Thank you.
- Beautiful antique bureau,
Dear JamesThe bureau has arrived and is very beautiful – I am delighted.Do you know anything of its history? It would be very interesting to know where it has been. (Don’t worry if not, but I do wonder who has sat where I am now, and hope they got as much pleasure out if their bureau as I do.) Thank you for arranging everything so well.Best wishesSueAntique bureau