Following a long decline, antique desks are becoming popular again, thanks to the new generation of ultra-small laptop computers, and the success of the TV program Downton Abbey. Returning for a second series in 2011, it is a popular program with the younger generation. Parents looking for unusual Christmas gifts for their student offspring should head for the antique shops in Preston, Lancashire, where they will find a variety of antique desks for sale.
There are many types of antique desks, and one style which is proving popular is the Secretary, owing to its space-saving features. A base with wide drawers is supplemented by a work surface with a hinged top, which closes to a 45 degree angle in order to accommodate the “secretary space” of shelves and drawers inside. To be a true Secretary, the desk is topped by a bookcase with solid or glass-fronted doors. In this type of desk, it was essential that all books and papers could be safely locked away when the desk was not in use.
Antique secretary desks were not designed to be dismantled, and so can be very heavy and cumbersome. Some are sold that are designed to come apart in two halves, though these are generally reproduction and of inferior quality to the originals. A better option when searching for roll-top antique desks in Preston might be to ask your antiques dealer. Like the Secretary these have a hidden secure workspace. The difference is that you don’t have to remove items from the top before closing the lid – so a little more useful for ongoing projects. The downside is that they don’t have that useful bookcase – though this can be purchased separately.