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Antique Victorian Burr Walnut & Inlaid Davenport Desk 19th C

Antique Victorian Davenport Desk | Antique Davenport Desk | Ref. no. 08525 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 08525
Price: £ 0.00
Here is an opportunity to acquire an antique Victorian Davenport desk, skilfully crafted from the most beautiful burr walnut...

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Here is an opportunity to acquire an antique Victorian Davenport desk, skilfully crafted from the most beautiful burr walnut with tastefully applied inlay work and dating from around 1870.

This antique Davenport desk has a hinged top which is surmounted with a pierced brass three quarter gallery which encloses a thoughtfully divided interior suitable for the storage of stationery items such as ink, pens, paper, envelopes and, of course your letters and other documents.

The writing fall is hinged and has the benefit of a gilt tooled green leather writing surface which encloses a delightful satin walnut interior complete with two small drawers providing further storage.

The front of this Davenport desk is supported by a nicely carved pair of solid walnut columns, one on either side as shown in the photographs. The Davenport desk is mounted onto its original brass and porcelain castors for ease of movement around the room.

To the side of the Davenport desk you will find four useful drawers on one side (the right hand side as you look at it), and it has dummy drawers on the other side so that the desk appears the same on both sides.

It is clear that this Antique Davenport desk has been wonderfully made by a master craftsman and we can confirm that the quality of the work is indeed of a very high standard, right down to the drawer linings and other small but important details. The burr walnut that has been used is of the highest quality and the desk is finished on all sides so that it can stand freely in the middle of a room, making it an extremely versatile item of Victorian furniture.


This antique Victorian Davenport Desk, despite being around 150 years old, is in excellent condition having been skilfully and beautifully restored in our workshops. Please take a few moments to see the photos provided for confirmation of the level of workmanship and the condition of the desk. 

Antique Victorian Davenport Desk - Viewing and Further Information

This antique Victorian Davenport desk is on show for viewing every weekday between the hours of 10am and 5pm at our north London showroom. If you pay us a visit you may also view the many other items of Victorian furniture that we on show. Please contact us using the details above if you intend to travel to see a particular desk, chair or other item of furniture in order to make sure that it is still available. If you can't make the trip please feel free to call us or email us using the contact details above and mention the item reference which is 08525.

Our showroom also opens on some Saturdays but please contact us before making a journey on a saturday to confirm that we are open on your chosen day.

Antique Desks - Shipping, Delivery and Returns

This antique Victorian Davenport desk is a special piece of antique furniture and as such it requires careful packing and shipping. We can ship to any destination worldwide and will take care of the packing for you, but please do call or email for a quotation before purchasing the item so that we can fully discuss your requirements. We are pleased to be able to ship to any mainland UK address free of charge.

If you are not satisfied with this Victorian Davenport desk we do offer a 14-day money back guarantee which is in accordance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for the return shipping fees for this antique desk, unless we have erroneously described the item in some material way and you do not receive what you were expecting. You must return the item in its original packaging and condition.

Please also be aware that you are also responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due if you wish to have this antique Victorian desk or any other item shipped outside the European Union.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 83 x Width 53 x Depth 52

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches

Our reference: 08525

Davenport Desk - (sometimes originally known as a Devonport desk) is a small desk with an inclined lifting desktop attached with hinges to the back of the body.

Lifting the desktop accesses a large compartment with storage space for paper and other writing implements, and smaller spaces in the forms of small drawers and pigeonholes. The Davenport has drawers on one of its sides, which are sometimes concealed by a panel. This stack of side drawers holds up the back of the desk and most of its weight. The front of the desk stands on thick legs or pillars which are often highly carved, somewhat exaggerated, thick cabriole legs, but these are not essential. 19th century Davenport desks had a variety of different leg designs.

The desk shape is distinctive; its top part resembles an antique school desk while the bottom is like one half of the supports of a pedestal desk turned sideways. The addition of the two legs in front completes the odd effect.

This desk owes its name to a Captain Davenport who was the first to commission the design, from Gillow's of Lancaster, near the end of the 18th century. In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if Captain Davenport was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.

This desk form was popular during the 19th century. There have been numerous reproductions during the 20th century, and amateur cabinetmakers sometimes consider a Davenport to be an interesting project.

Burr Walnut refers to the swirling figure present in nearly all walnut when cut and polished, and especially in the wood taken from the base of the tree where it joins the roots. However the true burr is a rare growth on the tree where hundreds of tiny branches have started to grow. Burr walnut produces some of the most complex and beautiful figuring you can find.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 83 x Width 53 x Depth 52

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 9 inches x Width 1 foot, 9 inches x Depth 1 foot, 8 inches


We ship worldwide and deliver to Mainland UK addresses free of charge.

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Delivery and return policy:

We require that someone be home on the agreed delivery day if applicable, otherwise a redelivery fee will apply.

In accordance with Distance Selling Regulations, we offer a 14-day money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the item.

The item must be returned in its original packaging and condition.

Unless the item is not as described in a material way, the buyer is responsible for return shipping expenses.

Buyers are fully responsible for any customs duties or local taxes that may be incurred on items sent outside of the European Union.

Returns will be processed within 1-2 business days of receipt.

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