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Antique Oak Secretary Desk – Antique Desks For Sale


Item: Antique Blind Door Secretary Desk.

Age: Circa 1750.

Details: Solid Oak and Walnut Secretary Desk (two piece).
Canted Sides with Chippendale Style Overlay.
Blind Door Bookcase Top.
Molded trim on the doors.
Scalloped shelves on the interior.

Condition: Very good antique condition. Some separation to the back, doors and parts of the desk. Ageing and discoloration to the drawer interiors. Replaced brasses.

Size: 43″ wide x 23″ deep x 86″ tall.

Shipping: Generally shipping is not included. If you have any questions or would like to purchase by phone, please call 717-375-8166.

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Antique Oak Secretary Desk

This antique oak secretary desk is very early. We believe that it dates to around 1750 in age, although we are unsure whether it is American or a British antique desk for sale. Regardless, this beautiful and rare antique oak secretary desk possesses many Chippendale era elements. It features canted sides with fine patterned overlay, carved blind doors and scalloped shelves.

Antique Oak Secretary

The interior of the desk is fitted with several small dovetailed drawers and pigeonholes. Craftsmen have tooled the interior of this antique oak secretary desk to showcase beauty and utility. A wealthy patron most certainly commissioned this antique oak secretary desk. Indeed, very few people were literate during this time period. A secretary desk of this size and beauty might have belonged to a wealthy businessman or accountant.

Moreover, a green felt covers the writing surface. While probably close to what was originally present, this is an updated/restored feature. In addition, the sliding supports that extend to carry the slant front also function as narrow drawers for pens or pencils. We have never seen that unique additional luxury feature before! Finally, elegantly curved bracket feet terminate this piece.

This oak secretary desk is a testament to 18th century craftsmanship. We believe the piece to be in original finish, with perhaps some protective waxes and varnishes added over the years. The patina is quite beautiful and warm. However, there are some areas of separation in the piece due to age. There is some splitting on the desk surface, on the doors and in the back panels.

In total, we feel this is a beautiful, historical and artful Chippendale period desk. Indeed, it is still quite functional as a desk. The oak secretary desk’s grandeur and beautiful patina make it very special to own. Given these points, the antique secretary desk has great historical value as a relic of the past. We are very proud to present this piece in our online gallery.

We very much enjoy collecting early pieces. Here is another one from the early 19th century, a carved poster bed.

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