A Shropshire saleroom is to auction an antique mahogany pedestal desk made by the grandfather of the founder of the Sopwith Aviation Company. Thomas Sopwith, the maker, is also responsible for a unique desk with a single locking device, which won an award at the 1851 Great Exhibition – meaning the hammer price for this antique desk may go far higher than its upper estimate of £1500.
In rural areas like Cumbria and the Ribble Valley, antique desks of this quality don’t often come up at auction – but when they do, they are eagerly snapped up by dealers, who often have a great deal of work to do before they can be sold on to the public. While a 150-year old antique desk may seem like a bargain, it could have been heavily used during its lifetime and suffered damage which will affect its value. One common problem is cracking due to modern central heating – antique furniture actually prefers it a bit damp! In the case of the Sopwith Victorian mahogany pedestal desk , Cumbrian buyers are instructed to contact the auctioneer for details of its condition, which may point to some remedial work which needs to be done.
Buying furniture from a reputable antique dealer, of course, means you can start enjoying the piece straight away. The Sopwith desk is both beautiful and unusual, incorporating a top section with central fall, pigeon holes, and two cabinet doors opening to reveal shelves and compartments. Below, a central drawer is flanked by two pedestals.
Fully restored and displayed at an antique dealers in Cumbria, this antique desk would sell very quickly indeed.
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