A butler’s desk is a beautiful historic piece that, just as the name implies, was given to the butler or head servant of a household. In the 19th century, more and more wealthy households became reliant on literate household help to be in charge of bookkeeping and to keep track of other documents. This standing desk became a key tool in keeping the household (and sometimes business) organized.
This is a beautiful solid mahogany antique Empire Style Butler’s Desk Chest with scroll column detail. This lovely piece looks like a chest of drawers but the top drawer folds down and allows the piece to transform to a standing desk. The interior of the desk has lovely pigeonhole compartments and small drawers. The original surface was most likely leather or felt but has been replaced with a green felt. Beautiful flame mahogany grain, incredible scroll details and beautiful classic form gives this piece tons of presence and grandeur. Perfect for a historic home and a lovely statement piece!