The Edwardian Desk was made during the period of 1901 to 1910 and this was the time of change as the Cabinet makers of this period had the use of new woodworking machines, making it easier to develop new designs and ideas. They still produced some of the traditional looking desks like the standard pedestal desk but they also made new features. They liked to copy earlier designs like Chippendale, Sheraton and Hepplewhite, so used many of these features in the decoration like blind fretwork or intricate inlays. Most Edwardian desks from this period were in Mahogany, Oak or Walnut but occasionally more fine timbers were used such as Satinwood. Clever new developments were implemented in Edwardian desks like with the tambour front, a slatted roll top that opened and closed to lock away all your important paperwork. Because of the new techniques in manufacturing, traditional cabinet makers started their own movement, the Arts and Crafts period. They would only build desks by hand, using hand cut dovetail joints and pegs or clout nails on solid woods. This meant Edwardian desks in this design were extremely well made, very solid and so are usually still in very good condition today. You can have plenty of choice from this period, from the finer ladies desk on delicate spade feet, to the more robust leather top solid desk on a plinth or bracket feet. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Edwardian Desks for sale
Below are a few examples of previously sold Edwardian desks but if any particular style looks of interest please let us know as we do get many similar designs in stock and we can try to locate something similar.
Edwardian solid oak antique desk of beautiful quality with a moulded top and tooled leather writing insert along with brass gallery. Over the knee hole is an oak lined drawer with brass handles supported by elegant turned reeded legs. The pedestal to the right has four graduating oak lined drawers with moulded edges and ornate brass handles. The desk has reeded sides, stands on turned feet with brass castors and has a finished back so may be placed in the centre of a room if so desired. It is an unusual small size so could always be used as a lamp table in a living space.
Edwardian barley twist antique desk, constructed from a warm shade of oak. It has an early brown tooled leather writing insert above a central drawer with period pearl drop brass handles. A decorative carved apron spans the knee hole which is flanked by four drawers, again with brass pearl drop handles and displaying geometric Jacobean design mouldings.
Large Edwardian Walnut Pedestal desk with tooled red leather writing insert flanked by two pedestals each containing four graduating drawers with brass swan neck handles.
Edwardian Mahogany Antique Inlaid Writing Desk with fine decorative ‘drop’ brass handles and beautifully inlaid with satinwood cross banding, boxwood and ebony string inlay and the desk sits on four tapering legs with spade feet.
Impressive Golden Oak Edwardian Antique Pedestal Desk beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Edwardian Writing table is of Maple & Co with satinwood crossbanded edges with boxwood and ebony string inlay.
Dear James ,I like to thank you, I just love all the furniture !The delivery was excellent , very friendly and right on time !I can say that i will buy more from you James ?The very kindest RegardsJan
James,I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how pleased we are with the desk we bought from you. It is absolutely stunning and a great addition to our home.I also had a desk chair made for it and it has been polished to match the colour of the walnut, with an olive green leather seat and back. The pair look stunning together.I will keep an eye out on your website for some other things.Thanks again!Kind regardsRichard
- 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.