Antique Secretary Desk

What is an Antique Secretary Desk Worth? Desk Prices?

What is an antique secretary desk worth? What are the antique secretary desk prices today?

Bohemians sold the antique secretary desk pictured in March of 2021 for about $1800. The desk was restored and in great working order with original glass. At auction desks of this type have seen recent uptick in pricing, Expect to pay between $600 to $2500 at auction. Many antique desks of this type sell retail for between $2100 to $5000.

The specifications on this antique secretary desk were as follows.

Antique Secretary Desk


Item: Antique Walnut Secretary Desk (two piece).

Age & Condition: Circa 1825. Some fixes over the years. May have been refinished at some point.

Dimensions: 40″ wide x 20.5″ deep x 83.5″ tall.

Antique Desk

Antique Walnut Secretary Desk with beautiful hutch top. This early secretary desk has a great look!

Of course, the desk is a two part desk. On top, there is a set of beautiful wavy glass doors. Underneath, there is a really nice slant front secretary desk that rests on two supports. Also, there is a center drawer. Inside, the desk features a nice mix of cubbies and small drawers to keep you organized.

The desk is in very good condition. However, some fixes and repairs have been done over the years. On the back, two narrow strips of wood were added to bridge the gap of the back boards. The desk may have been refinished at some point. Finally, two turnstile knobs were added to keep the top drawers closed.

Despite these fixes, the desk still has a stunning look and would be a useful and beautiful statement piece in any historic home.

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4 thoughts on “What is an Antique Secretary Desk Worth? Desk Prices?

  1. I purchased my secretaries desk with book case in the late 1970’s for just under $200.00. The information on the heavy paper plate is “British Made, Natray Product, Guaranteed”. The lady I bought it from said it was oak and it has leaded glass/stained glass doors for the book case. The shelves can be adjusted with brass pins and brass lined holes. I’m just curious now how much it’s worth for insurance information.

    1. Hi Terri! Thanks for writing in. An insurance appraisal is a bit different then a selling price. Generally, insurance companies appraise antiques much higher to account for the cost in finding a similar piece. Likely an English Made desk in oak would sell for between $600 and $1200 on today’s market. An insurance appraisal may be 15 to 30% higher to account for the price to attain a similar item. Hope that helps! Thanks so much.

  2. Hello I have an antique desk & chair. I was wondering if I could get some help in finding out what it’s worth.

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