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Why choose antique writing desks?Mass-produced furniture can feel too clinical for the home study where the idea is to create the anti-office. Instead, a stunning antique writing desk can offer character and charm so that you never resent the time you spend sat down and working hard.
Writing desks appear to have first been used during the medieval times with their sole purpose being for reading and writing. During the Victorian era, more exotic types of wood were more readily accessible which led to a change in the design of writing desks to develop a thicker veneer and much more ornate and elaborate shape.
By using woods like cedar, oak and mahogany the era is characterized by more elegant styles for writing desks that were large and heavy. The designs serviced the need to have more expansive space when copying books by hand, with slots and hooks also included for bookmarking and writing paraphernalia. It is these small touches of the time that make antique writing desks so delightful and, as a result, so popular today.
The appeal of antique writing desksWriting desks made from original hardwoods are high quality due to their strength and durability, which is why they are one of the most popular and sought-after types of antique furniture. Some pieces, particularly ones built for the wealthier classes of the period have original leather writing surfaces. This classic addition to a writing desk is hard to come by nowadays and symbolises prestige and elegance.
Some of the writing desks available have a bureau style closing lid which is useful in maintaining privacy and as storage for papers and stationery. Victorian-era writing desks also often feature unique and characterful additions, such as locks, partitions, drawers and pigeonholes for added charm.