Antique Victorian desks are from Queen Victoria’s period of 1837 to 1901 and this was the time of industrial wealth so lots of new designs were made for all the new offices, Libraries and factories. These would range from the standard Pedestal to the much larger Partners desks in quality solid woods of Mahogany, Oak and Walnut. Unusual designs were built to commemorate famous people like the Dickens desk, supposedly Charles dickens wrote his novels on one, or to the Carlton House desk, named after The Prince Regents London residence Carlton House. The Victorian cabinet makers were all about usability, style, decoration and quality, so you can see a good varied selection from this period, some with leather writing surfaces to some being more simple in design. Most will either have a bank of drawers or cupboards, or occasionally a combination of the two together with quality brass or wood turned handles. Antique desks also usually split into several sections so they can easily be moved into a house. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.
Victorian Desks for sale
Below are examples that we have sold in the past, if any of these designs look of interest let us know and we can try to find you something similar as we have lots of new antiques arriving every day.
Large Quality Victorian Mahogany Antique Desk. This fine quality, Victorian Mahogany Antique Desk dates from ca. 1870 and is of good large proportions, so ideal for the modern day office. It has a rectangular moulded top with tooled leather writing insert above a central long drawer over large knee hole. Each pedestal has four graduating drawers that are mahogany lined, so is a quality built piece and has fine decorative oval brass handles. The desk stands on a moulded plinth with castors and has a finished back so maybe placed in the centre of a room if so desired.
Victorian Walnut Antique Twin Pedestal Desk. This antique twin pedestal desk is made from walnut and dates from the Victorian period, circa 1890. It has a rectangular moulded top with tooled leather writing insert above a central drawer over knee hole. Each pedestal has four graduating drawers with brass handles and the side are attractively reeded. The desk stands on a plain plinth with castors and has a finished back so maybe placed in the centre of a room if so desired. It splits into three sections to aid removal and is full of the charm and character of a true antique piece.
Quality Victorian Walnut Antique Desk by T. Wallis & Co. Holborn Circus, London and Dating from around 1890 in the Victorian period.
Victorian Walnut Antique Twin Pedestal Desk displaying an attractive simplicity with a tooled leather writing insert.
Victorian Mahogany Twin Pedestal Antique Desk, Dating from around 1880 constructed from mahogany, with a rectangular moulded top with rounded corners and a green tooled leather writing insert. A wide central drawer can be found over the large knee hole, this is flanked by two pedestals.
This very unusual antique mahogany Scottish desk dates from the very early Victorian period, circa 1840. It has a raised shaped back over a rectangular top with moulded edges and canted corners. Below this can be found a central drawer over knee hole which displays a lovely flamed mahogany front. Each pedestal has a cupboard door with striking central flamed arched panel, when opened they each reveal a single fixed shelf within the interior.
Spectacular Golden Oak Victorian Antique Pedestal Desk, circa, 1880 has a wonderful rectangular moulded top with rounded corners and early embossed writing insert. This sits above a central drawer over knee hole and each pedestal has four graduating mahogany lined drawers with lovely turned handles.
Characterful Small Victorian Oak Antique Arts And Crafts Desk from the Victorian period circa, 1890. It has a rectangular moulded top above a central green tooled leather writing insert, above five mahogany lined drawers with the original arts and crafts design brass handles.
Stunning Quality French Walnut & Brass Antique Desk. Dating from around 1890 in the late Victorian period this is a stunning example of a French walnut & brass antique desk. It is constructed from the highest quality timbers with magnificent brass inlays along with quality Bramah locks. It is topped with a pierced brass gallery above three oak lined working drawers over three faux drawers which hide a secret compartment operated via a locking spring mechanism. The pull out writing insert displays the original tooled brown leather surface and when fully pulled out it provides ample room leg room beneath for the user, unusual for such a relatively small desk. The desk also benefits from a central drawer over knee hole containing a working lock that controls the locking mechanism securing all the drawers in a single turn. This central drawer is flanked by four smaller oak lined drawers with brass handles.
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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