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From book slides to ink stands, desk lamps to stationery storage boxes, there isn't an antique or contemporary desk in the land that wouldn&rsqu…

From book slides to ink stands, desk lamps to stationery storage boxes, there isn't an antique or contemporary desk in the land that wouldn’t benefit from a little accessorising - Regent Antiques style!

Make your stylish workspace even more appealing with something from our carefully chosen range of desk accessories which includes a good choice of antique ink stands, period telephones and period style lamps to provide both decoration and illumination.

Perhaps a small antique carriage clock or a silver picture frame is more to your taste or maybe something that has a particular function other than just looking good on your antique desk, such as a sleek Art Deco statue or a bronze bust of Churchill.

Many of us spend a lot of time at our desks so we owe it to ourselves to make it a comfortable and attractive place to work - or play. Take a look around this category and see the range of desk accessories that we offer, from the quaint to the quirky, functional to flippant - we have it all.

Bookslides, Antique Victorian Bookslides - Other Styles and Periods also Available

The trouble with books, especially paperback books, is that they can soon take over your desk. So, wouldn’t it be good if they could be stood up, as if they were on a shelf, ready to grab on the desk. Handy, but not taking up space. There’s a flaw in that plan - books tend to fall over if not adequately supported, so back to the messy desk scenario. This is not a new problem - it was solved long ago with the introduction of the book slide and bookends. Clever little gadgets that keep your books tidy. Simple but effective.

We stock a range of antique bookslides, antique bookends and other variations on the theme. Reclaim your writing surface and get back your desk space with an antique bookslide or a pair of antique bookends that will really make your books stand to attention.

This is Where to Find an Antique Inkwell or an Antique Inkstand

Now, first of all, we know. Very few people actually use ink anymore. Of course you don’t, you have ballpoint pens, fibre tip pens and rollerball tip pens and those who do like to use a fountain pen can do so with convenient, non-messy pre-filled cartridges.

So why then would anyone need an antique inkwell or antique inkstand? Simple, as even if you don’t use them for their original purpose they look really great on your desk. Get one for that reason alone and, you never know, you might start using a “proper” fountain pen again. You know, the ones where you get ink all over yourself and all over everywhere else - that’s probably why they were called fountain pens.

Inkwells can be simple and functional or, alternatively, they can be very ornate. At the time of writing we have a lovely Antique French Ormolu & Sevres Porcelain Standish Inkstand that would look great on your desk but, equally, it would look great on the most elegant dining table, maybe used as a cruet or mustard pot? No - I would not fancy eating mustard from a pot that had been used for storing ink but it’s all about appearances, isn’t it?

We have a good stock of antique inkwells and antique inkstands, plus some from more recent times for you to choose from. Take a good look around this category and maybe pay us a visit if you are in or around London - you will not regret it as our stocks of antique desks, chairs, writing tables and so on are worth the trip, even of you don’t need an inkwell or an inkstand right now.

How About an Antique Typewriter or a Vintage Typewriter

It beggars belief that some of the most brilliant works of literature were written on a pretty basic typewriter. The resultant manuscript was a thing of great beauty, however very vulnerable to damage.

Nonetheless, the typewriter moved the world of the writer and author forward by an order of magnitude and now, when they have been made all but obsolete by the word processor, (even that is an old fashioned term these days when everything is an “app”), a really nice vintage typewriter makes a very good desk accessory. We usually have a few in stock, not really intended for daily use but often still in good working order and serving as a reminder of how things used to be. Have a browse and see if you can see one that you like.

Antique Picture Frames, Antique Photo Frames & Silver Photo Frames

Most of us like to have a photograph of our loved ones on our desks (it can be a dog or cat if your prefer), and a nice desk standing photo frame is a great way to preset those photographs to their best effect. Our range changes constantly as photo frames come and go so please be sure to check frequently. Also check our silver categories as we often list photo frames there.

Stationery Caskets, Stationery Boxes and Other Places of Safety for your Office Requisites

Most desks have at least one lockable drawer so, for most of us, if there is something that we need to keep private then that’s the place to do it. However, unlike me, some people actually like their desk to be - tidy! Yes, they don’t like to see paper, pens, bottles of ink (?), paper clips, rubber bands and the like just laying around as though they own the place. Enter the stationery box, sometimes with a lock so your paperclips can feel safe and secure when not in use.

On a serious note, a nice stationery casket or stationery box can not only keep your desk tidy - it will look good as well. Once again we achieve the perfect combination of good looks and usefulness, no not me, the antique stationery box.

Napoleon, Wellington, Churchill and Julius Caesar - all Popular Busts for your Desk

One of the most popular desk accessories ever - the bust of someone famous - is a permanent feature of most antique dealers’ range. We are no exception, we usually have a nice choice of busts to choose from, historical figures, literary figures, (Charles Dickens anyone, or are you a Bronte person?), and a few people that no one has ever heard of.

An antique bust will add class to any desk. It just does. Even better if it is a bust of you, but the cost involved in having one made is enough to put most people off.

Take a look at our stock from time to time, as you never know we might have a bust of someone that you admire although I have to admit, a bust of Ozzy Osbourne hasn’t turned up yet and Iggy Pop is also noticeable by his absence.

The above justs scratches the surface. In fact, you can avoid that happening to your desk by using a blotter pad holder or similar desk protection accessory. We have several pages of listings for desk accessories of all types so be sure to check it out regularly.

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Ref: A2972
Antique Palais Royal French Casket Necessaire Vanity Chest by L. Dujat 19th C

Antique Palais Royal French Casket Necessaire Vanity Chest by L. Dujat 19th C

This is a fine and well fitted ebonised Gonçalo Alves Palais Royal travel necessaire / vanity chest, by Maison Smal L. Dujat - Palais Royal 7 (Paris), Circa 1850 in date. This superb vanity chest was made by L. Dujat, one of the artisans who had a workshop in the Paris street where the artisans of the Royal Palace worked, and his products were commissioned by the Court that resided in the now extinct Palais Royal. The box features inlaid gilt banding and brass bound edges, the hinged cover opens to reveal a removable mirror, the interior with fitted silver plate mounted faceted  glass jars, the lids engraved with foliate scroll decoration,  the jars of square, circular, oval and rectangular form each sitting in shaped blue velvet recesses. The front with brass fittings, the tops of the doors are inscribed with details of the retailer 'MAISON SMAL L. DUJAT Sr Bte SGDG PALAIS-ROYAL 7', The number 7 is for the 7th arrondissement of Paris, which is today perhaps the most expensive area to live in Paris, the Eiffel Tower, one of the most famous tourist sites in the world, is located here, as well as many government buildings,  ministries, the National Assembly and others. Many dignitaries and VIPs today prefer to live in this arrondissement. The doors open to reveal three trays with beautiful brass inset handles that have superb engraved foliate decoration. The top one with a fitted blue velvet tray with manicure and other tools, to include a file, penknife, scissors, button hook, corkscrew, pen, etc, . The middle tray with shaped storage boxes of varying form, one tin lined , the bottom one velvet lined for jewellery. Complete with working lock and original key. It is a lovely piece which apart from its functionality is also a decorative one. Condition: In really excellent condition. As an antique items, the chest show very minor signs of use commensurate with age, these minor condition issues are mentioned for accuracy and, as seen in the accompanying photographs, the chest displays beautifully.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 20 x Width 35 x Depth 27

Dimensions in inches:

Height 8 inches x Width 1 foot, 2 inches x Depth 11 inches

Ref: A3051
Vintage 2ft3inch Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy Sculpture mid 20th Century

Vintage 2ft3inch Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy Sculpture mid- 20th Century

A large  vintage decorative Rolls Royce silvered bronze sculpture, The Spirit of Ecstasy, dating from the mid 20th century. The winged maiden was designed by Charles Robinson Sykes (1875-1950), and she stands on an attractive round black marble plinth base. In 1910 Rolls-Royce slowly became aware that some owners were affixing 'inappropriate' ornaments to their cars. Claude Johnson's brief to Sykes was to sculpt a mascot for Rolls Royce that embodied 'speed with silence, absence of vibration, the mysterious harnessing of great energy and a beautiful living organism of superb grace' to become the standard emblem of the Rolls-Royce brand and it was Sykes' daughter, Jo (born 1908) that believed it was on the road from London to Beaulieu that her father first became 'Very impressed with the smoothness and speed of the Rolls Royce car.... imagining that even so delicate a thing as a fairy could ride on the bonnet without losing her balance.' In early 1911 Sykes' presented his mascot, entitled "The Spirit of Speed", to Rolls-Royce. This figurine had her arms outstretched behind her and her gaze firmly fixed forward. She was soon retitled "The Spirit of Ecstasy" by Johnson and became the official symbol of Rolls-Royce automobiles on 6th February 1911. It is a striking piece thought to be a former Rolls Royce car showroom sculpture. Condition: In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation of condition.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 70 x Width 31 x Depth 42

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 foot, 4 inches x Width 1 foot x Depth 1 foot, 4 inches

Ref: A2518a
Antique Pair Sterling Silver Salvers by John Carter 1772 18th C

Antique Pair Sterling Silver Salvers by John Carter 1772 18th C

  This is a wonderful pair of English 18th Century antique sterling silver salvers by the  renowned silversmith John Carter. They each have hallmarks for London 1772, the makers mark of John Carter and are typical of his work with the exquisitely detailed rims, ball and claw feet and the superb engraved decoration. They each bear a beautifully engraved coat of arms and the crest of the Terry Family, which I have researched:   The Arms of the Family of Terry The arms as engraved upon this Pair of George III English Sterling Silver Footed Salvers by John Carter hallmarked London 1872 are those of the family of Terry. They may be blazoned as follows:  Arms: Sable on two bars or three cross crosslets two and one (……?) and issuant from the bar in chief a demi-lion rampant Crest: A boar’s head erased and erect Motto: E cruce leo [From the cross a lion] The arms as engraved upon this pair of salvers certainly have characteristics with arms borne by another family and branch thereof named Terry who hailed from the County of Cork in Ireland. Notably the use of the three cross crosslets and the demilion rampant, but in a different placement upon the arms. The crest seen here is also at a variance with the other Terry arms where a demi-lion rampant is used. Upon an exhaustive examination of other sources, together with the present evidence, I believe that the family who had the salvers in their possession undoubtedly bore these arms without authority a fact that often occurred in the 18th and 19th Centuries and at other periods. Many families bore armorial bearings that they assumed and used for many generations in that they either consciously or unconsciously eschewed an approach to The College of Arms in England, the Ulster King of Arms in Ireland, or the Court of the Lord Lyon in Scotland to legitimatise such arms.   This superb pair of salvers will look superb in your silver collection.   Condition: In really excellent condition with clear hallmarks and no dings, dents or signs of repair. Please see photos for confirmation.    

Dimensions in cm:

Height 4 x Width 34 x Depth 34

Weight 83 troy oz

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 1 foot, 1 inch

Weight 2.58 kg


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