If you would like to know more about the history of the desk and what to look for when choosing the right desk for you here is our brief guide. Also look at our blogg where Gavin has writen about this in more detail.
Q. Prices vary a great deal so what effects the value of an antique desk?
When buying an antique desk, age, originality, quality and size are
the factors that determine price.
Most old desks have been restored at least once, particularly those
from the early 19th century and Victorian periods. Look for sympathetic
restoration undertaken in a traditional manner with a French polished
or waxed finish.
Desks with original leather writing surface are hard to come by and
is highly prized. We aim during restoration to retain where possible
as much as we can from the original, but the main areas of wear, leather
writing surface, knobs, handles and plinths are often beyond recovery.
We replace missing wooden knobs by making new to the same pattern
and from similar timber.
Look at the quality of the veneer, earlier in the 19th century quality
timber was more readily available and veneers were cut more thickly
and tend to have more attractive figuring.
A good indicator of quality are the drawer linings, those made in
oak, mahogany and cedar are generally best.
Most are of dovetailed construction and are hand made. If the desk
has the original locks those stamped with the manufacturers name are
a good indicator of quality.
Q. What Are The Problem Areas?
There are a few things which you should consider
when viewing a desk: