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Important Information on our Antique Desk and Desk Accessory Descriptions
All the antique desks and items of antique writing furniture that are shown as examples on this website are of very high quality, are in excellent retail condition condition and require no further restoration (unless otherwise stated). However, since they are of significant age (generally over 100 years old) and are genuine antiques they will likely show character marks and patina due to their age and previous use.
For convenience, we have catalogued desks (and tables) by size - as follows:
Desks measuring less than 50" in width (127cm) have been categorised as "Small".
"Medium" sized desks are those measuring between 51" (130cm) and 65" (165cm) in width.
Desks measuring 66" (168cm) or more in
width and/or 122cm in depth have been categorised as "Large".
Antique Desks: Approximate Age
In the absence of any specific evidence, the age of a desk can only ever be approximate. This is not least because new styles and fashions were not adopted across the whole country at the same time, as new ideas were sometimes slow to spread or be accepted. Where we have research or documented provenance for a specific desk or table this information is shown.
Antique Desks: Leather Writing Surfaces
Where possible it often desirable to retain older or original leather writing surfaces and have them waxed and polished to preserve them. Where a leather surface is beyond repair or is not in keeping with the character or quality of the item, it is probably best to replace it with a high quality new item suitably aged by a professional specialist.
Antique Desks: Modifications and Repairs
It should be noted that "antique furniture" does not necessarily have every part that is entirely original. The vast majority of antique desks will have needed to have had at least some parts replaced. These could include changes to handles, leather top, castors, hinges, locks and keys.
It would be very unusual indeed to find an antique desk in truly original condition in every way, not least because desks, with their moving parts, were functional pieces of furniture and as such were often in daily use. Leather tops were often used in conjunction with ink which was prone to spillage. It can be seen then, that an antique desk without any damage or replacement parts would be a rare exception to the norm, and that this degree of rarity is usually fully reflected in the price of such a piece.
Wherever it has been necessary to carry out repairs, modifications or restoration, it is always recommended that such work be carried out by experienced professionals; with the aim of retaining as many original features and as much of the patina as possible