• Vintage Wooden Desk Top Secretary w/Drawer

    This wooden desk top secretary is 12 1/2" by 12 3/4" wide and 3 3/4" tall in the front and 6 1/2" tall in the back. On the bottom there is a full size drawer. It is in great condition with no repairs, cracks or splits.
    $4.99
    0 bids
    $9.02 shipping
    Ending Tuesday at 4:52PM PDT1d 14hType: Desk
  • Secretary (Great Grandma's) - $100 antique drop front secretary desk

    $100.00
    Color: Medium Wood Tone
    $4.49 shipping
    Type: Secretary
    or Best Offer
  • Antique Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk Portable Home School Oak

    Antique Chautauqua Industrial Art Desk. Made of oak. Good overall condition, but part of the scroll has a tear which can be repaired. A few scratches here and there, but desk is in good, operable condition.
    $20.00
    0 bids
    $16.45 shipping
    Ending Wednesday at 2:33PM PDT2d 12hType: DeskStyle: IndustrialMaterial: Oak
  • Vintage Secretary Desk Wooden Retro Letters Cabinet WOW LOCAL PICKUP ONLY

    I am NOT a used furniture expert so I don't know what wood it is made of - I just know it's made very well! NOTE: There is a knick on one side (seen in photo.). LOCAL PICKUP ONLY! Get it before it goes!
    $150.00
    Color: Brown
    FAST 'N FREE
    Type: Desk
    10 watching
    Material: Unknown
  • Antique Golden Oak Roll top Paneled Desk

    Antique Golden Oak Roll top Paneled Desk. Local pickup only.
    $150.00
    0 bids
    or Best Offer
    Ending Wednesday at 1:55PM PDT2d 11hLocal PickupColor: BrownType: DeskMaterial: Oak
  • Vintage Edwardian Early 20th Century Portable Writing Desk W Letter Stand & Inc

    The box has an "SHM" marking on the top. One of the writing tools (left bottom side of picture #6) is broken. We have the broken piece and we will send it with the box in case if you are interested to fix it.
    $649.99
    Type: Desk
    FAST 'N FREE
    Style: Edwardian
  • Art Deco 1940 Vintage Walnut & Burl Library Desk, Original Pulls #31291

    Item # 31291. A sleek Art Deco period desk from about 1940 is matched walnut and burl. The Harp Gallery. Appleton, WI 54914.
    $995.00
    Type: DeskMaterial: Walnut
  • Antique writing desk, Spinet desk, flip top library desk solid wood Pick up only

    Flip top desk with lots of storage cubbies and flip down cover. Beautiful wood desk, varnish in a high gloss finish.
    $129.00
    Local Pickup
    or Best Offer
    Type: DeskMaterial: Wood
  • Antique Secretary Desk

    It has been in my family I would guess from early 1900s or back , I honestly don't know as grandparents and all other family members are long gone as I will be soon as well.. pick up only and non negotiable on price as these are listed much much higher on e bay , need to sell it within a week.. it is 41" high  30 inches wide and 15 inches deep.. the desk top folded out is 29"  x 27"  the 3 drawers are aprox 7.5 inches,, thanks  PS PlEASE IGNORE THE SHIPPING PRICE, PICK UP ONLY , I WOULD NOT KNOW HOW TO SHIP IT
    $180.00
    Color: Brown
    $100.00 shipping
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: Americana
    18 watching
  • 59957 Antique Oak Roll Top Desk with Tambor Door

    The roll works smoothly. There a 2 pullouts for added work space. This saves you considerable cost and will arrive much sooner than freight, however you will have to pick up at the station closest to you.
    $675.00
    Type: DeskStyle: VictorianMaterial: Oak
  • Antique Wood Secretary Desk

    Antique Wood Secretary Desk. Shipped with USPS Parcel Select Ground.
    $75.00
    0 bids
    $35.20 shipping
    Ending Today at 9:52AM PDT7h 19m
    or Best Offer
    Color: Dark Wood ToneType: SecretaryStyle: English
  • Antique Oak drop front Desk – claw feet - Writing Desk

    Antique Oak drop front Desk is in original finish, The desk has a very stylish interior, note the shape of the three drawers. The drop front desk has a strong hinge support. Original brass handles on the bow front drawers and the desk is supported on the claw feet.
    $595.00
    Type: Desk
    $325.00 shipping
    Style: Victorian
    or Best Offer
    Material: Oak
  • Antique French Carved Dark Oak DESK SECRETARY Partners Table Library Cabriole

    Beautiful Cabriole Legs on all four sides. A stunning piece that can be used in an entry piece, writing desk and secretary. This is an antique to love and use now and to pass down through generations.
    $895.00
    Color: Dark Wood Tone
    22 watching
    Type: DeskStyle: French Country
  • Antique Lawyer's Barrister Bookcase Display Oak Cabinet Craftsman

    Antique 3 Stack Barrister Bookcase by Macy. There is overall wear including veneer peeling from the top crown. Free Pick Up.
    $675.00
    Color: Brown
    $200.00 shipping
    Style: American Country
    or Best Offer
    Material: Oak
  • 60175 Antique ONEIDACRAFT Mahogany Governor Winthrop Slantfront Desk

    Age- circa 1940. SHOWROOM NUMBER 609 261 0602.
    $525.00
    0 bidsEnding Today at 6:40PM PDT16h 7mType: DeskStyle: ChippendaleMaterial: Mahogany
  • Antique Oak Library Table Traditional Oak Wood Vintage Writing Desk Vanity

    Perfect for any office / work area, bedroom, use as a laptop desk, good size for any room, vanity makeup desk or anywhere. This such a versatile pieces that could work as an office desk, kitchen table, vanity, endless possibilities.
    $749.00
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: Traditional
    14 watching
    Material: Oak
  • Vintage Mahogany Desk, Bookcase, Secretary (made by Maddox of Jamestown)

    This piece is very functional with lots of storage. Keys for both bookcase and desk included.
    $375.00
    Local Pickup
    or Best Offer
    Type: Secretary
    16 watching
    Material: Mahogany
  • Antique Butler's Desk Mahogany with Leather top

    This piece is all original. It has a leather top and dovetailed drawers and the original brass hardware. I have had this piece for many years. It is 30" high, 29 1/2" wide and 16" deep, and a little deeper in the middle.
    $229.97
    Color: Dark Wood Tone
    $240.79 shipping
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: Traditional
  • Antique Mahogany Kidney Shaped Desk 20's or 30's

    This is a wonderful old Kidney desk. This desk still wears its original finish and has the glass top. 46" across(left to right) 21 1/2" front to back 30" height. I will carefully wrap and crate. I will get it to you the way it appears.
    $1,999.99
    Color: Brown
    Free shipping
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Material: Mahogany
  • 59876 Antique Oak S - Roll Top Desk RARE SIZE QUALITY

    It has dovetailed drawers and a very nice interior. The roll works. What a rare find in this small size and quality. This saves you considerable cost and will arrive much sooner than freight, however you will have to pick up at the station closest to you.
    $875.00
    Type: DeskStyle: VictorianMaterial: Oak
  • 57363 Solid Oak Larkin Slantfront Desk Bookcase

    There is a small piece of carving missing above the mirror as per picture. Condition- very good. This saves you considerable cost and will arrive much sooner than freight, however you will have to pick up at the station closest to you.
    $465.00
    Type: DeskMaterial: Oak
  • antique quartersawn oak secretary slant top desk

    FREE LOCAL PICKUP FROM PA 19342.
    $299.99
    Type: Desk
    17 watching
    Material: Oak
  • Mahogany Kidney Shape Writing Office Desk 9627

    This gorgeous Desk is made out of wood, solid wood, mahogany wood, and mahogany veneer, and is in good condition. This writing desk features a wonderful kidney shaped silhouette, classic Traditional styled details, and a lovely red/brown mahogany finish to the wood that all harmonize to make the piece a great example of the Traditional furniture style.
    $463.25
    Color: Brown
    Was: Previous Price$545.00
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: Traditional
    15 watching
  • Early American Style Antique 20th Century Maple Secretary Writing Desk Scalloped

    Early 20th century maple secretary desk. Features a scalloped front lid and lower drawer with brass hardware. Lower apron shows carved gadrooning. Secretary opens to pigeon holes and drawer with porcelain knob.
    $495.00
    Color: Medium Wood Tone
    Was: Previous Price$550.00
    Type: Desk
    Free shipping
    Style: Rustic/Primitive
  • 59772 Antique Mahogany Secretary Desk w/ Bookcase Top

    It has dovetailed drawers and a bookcase top. The top left edge of the lid does have a small rub as per pictures. Age- circa 1940. SHOWROOM NUMBER 609 261 0602.
    $575.00
    Type: Desk
    14 watching
    Material: Mahogany
  • Mahogany Secretary Desk by Maddox - Refinshed - Delivery Available

    Refinished Maddox Secretary Desk. Refinished Maddox Secretary desk in beautiful solid mahogany. This beautiful desk has great color and beautiful wood grain. The secretary desk has lovely federal style detail in the glass, serpentine front and ball and claw feet.
    $885.00
    Local Pickup
    or Best Offer
    Color: Dark Wood ToneType: DeskStyle: Traditional
  • Vintage Karges Marble Top Original Chippy Paint One Drawer Console

    Overall good condition. Marble in very good to excellent condition. Original "chippy" paint. This piece will date from the 1960s or 70s. Normal signs of use or wear should be expected such as minor nicks, dings or rubs.
    $950.00
    Color: GoldStyle: Louis XVIMaterial: Marble
  • Quarter Sawn Oak Drop Front Desk

    Quarter Sawn Oak Drop Front Desk. Circa 1910. Writing Surface 29.5 "Inches,38"inch width x 18"diameter x 46" height. Very Solid. Hand Worked Coppertone Finish Hardware. Cross Stretched Base. Pigeon Hole Interior With Two Drawers.
    $750.00
    Type: DeskMaterial: Oak
  • Baker Vintage 1940's Inlaid Mahogany Leather Top Knee Hole Desk

    Age Appropriate Wear.
    $1,195.00
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: TraditionalMaterial: Leather
  • Oak & Fruitwood Vintage Baroque Carved Library Desk

    A spectacular large desk was carved in the Baroque manner about 25 years ago. The top is oak, the curved base is fruitwood. There are minor shrinkage separations from age, see photos. Hardware is original on the drawers.
    $995.00
    Color: Dark Wood Tone
    12 watching
    Type: DeskStyle: Baroque
  • 60115 Antique Victorian Solid Oak Office Desk Raised Panel Sides

    There is a small gap on the top where the wood has seperated as per pictures. Age- circa 1910.
    $575.00
    Type: Desk
    11 watching
    Style: VictorianMaterial: Oak
  • antique secretary desk

    Antique Secretariat?
    $600.00
    Color: Brown
    $9.80 shipping
    Type: Secretary
    or Best Offer
    61 watching
  • 1918 Restored Antique School Desk American Seating Co. Mickey Mouse Disney Art

    Mickey Mouse Disney Art. 4" x 6" photo of the ad is included with the desk. Originally obtained in the mid-1960's through a Southern California school custodian. Not an authorized Disney product; but customization provided by MDW Design of Anaheim, California.
    $795.00
    Top Rated PlusLocal PickupType: DeskStyle: RestorationMaterial: Wood
  • Antique Larkin side by side with Slanted Secretary Desk

    Larkin Secretary. Factory No. 19, which is Buffalo, N.Y. Beautiful tiger oak. Curved glass original glass door. Slant secretary desk with. pigeon holes. Beveled Mirror above desk. Early 1900's.
    $380.00
    Local Pickup
    48 watching
    Color: Light Wood ToneType: SecretaryMaterial: Oak
  • Antique Oak Library Table or Desk

    Circa 1900. A place where you can deal and be assured that there are NO REPRODUCTIONS! right away.
    $325.00
    Type: Desk
    $225.00 shipping
    Material: Oak
    or Best Offer
  • Antique English Oak Art Deco 2 Drawer Secretary Desk Leaded Glass Door Bookcase

    Measurements: 79" H x Surface H 28" x 31" W x 17" D Open Depth 29.5".
    $1,250.00
    Color: Medium Wood Tone
    Free shipping
    Type: DeskMaterial: Oak
  • 1830 Primitive Slant Front Desk Original Grain Paint Dovetailed Square Nailed

    This is avery sturdy desk with great Original Grain Painting. The paint is in very good condition and has a wonderful look. The inside of the desk writing surface is in an early dark green. The piece has turned legs with Sheraton feet.
    $325.00
    Type: DeskStyle: AmericanaMaterial: Wood
  • Antique French Carved Oak Secretary Desk Bureau Drop Front Table Art Nouveau

    It opens to reveal a fitted desk interior with open cubbyholes, drawers, and a large writing area. “OH SO FRENCH”! ~A lovely antique French carved “drop front” secretary/desk with quintessential French style from top to bottom!
    $1,545.00
    Color: Dark Wood Tone
    13 watching
    Type: DeskStyle: Art Nouveau
  • Maddox Mahogany Secretary Desk with Bubble Glass- Vintage - Shipping Available

    Inside, the desk retains its original dark mahogany finish. This very pretty desk has bubble glass in the door and serpentine front. Also, there is a bit of tape residue on the interior shelves. Otherwise, it is a very nice desk at a great price!
    $399.00
    Local Pickup
    or Best Offer
    Color: Medium Wood ToneType: DeskMaterial: Mahogany
  • Mahogany Serpentine Front Tall Ball and Claw Feet Secretary Desk Cabinet 9733

    This exquisite Secretary Desk is made of wood, solid wood, mahogany wood, and mahogany veneer, and is in good condition. This Secretary is a magnificent example of the Traditional furniture style; it features classic tall and serpentine front silhouette, highly interesting carved details such as the beautiful ball and claw styled feet, and a lovely red/brown mahogany finish to the wood.
    $590.75
    Color: Brown
    Was: Previous Price$695.00
    Type: Desk
    or Best Offer
    Style: Traditional
  • New Listing59435 Antique Walnut Jacobean Secretary Bookcase Desk QUALITY KARCHER REHN

    This saves you considerable cost and will arrive much sooner than freight, however you will have to pick up at the station closest to you. 4-6 weeks depending on your location. Age- circa 1940.
    $575.00
    0 bidsEnding Jun 23 at 7:45PM PDT6d 17hType: SecretaryStyle: JacobeanMaterial: Walnut
  • Antique Chippy Table Writing Desk (flips open with pull out writing surface)

    Condition: Chippy, Shows signs of use and age. See pictures. Sold as is. The hinges were replaced. Features: Top opens up into a desk with a pull out surface. Type: Table Writing Desk. Size: Top is 33" by 19" by 7 1/2", Legs 24", 31 1/2" Tall.
    $225.00
    Type: Desk
    $80.00 shipping
  • 60016 Antique Victorian Oak Side By Side Desk + Bookcase

    It is tight and sturdy and in good condition with the original finish. Age- circa 1910.
    $525.00
    Type: DeskStyle: VictorianMaterial: Oak
  • Antique Quarter Sawn Secretary / Bookcase Curved Glass Door Beveled Mirror

    Antique quarter sawn oak secretary / bookcase. Pull down writing area has single drawer with cubbies. Side has one drawer and lower cupboard with beveled mirror at the top. The other side has curved glass door covering four adjustable shelves. Carved pediment is removable. Wear consistent with age and use. Mirror is foggy. 38 1/2" wide x 14" deep x 71" tall.
    $850.00
    Type: Secretary
    29 watching
    Material: Mirror
  • Vintage Signed Arts and Crafts Limbert Mission Oak Craftsman Desk

    Signed Original Mission Arts & Crafts Desk by Limbert! Large desk with lots of storage. Golden oak color. Single middle drawer flanked by bookcase ends. solid and sturdy. Very Well Made, Heavy! (does not affect the function).
    $750.00
    Type: Desk
    $195.00 shipping
    Material: Oak
    or Best Offer
  • Antique English Secretary Desk With Lead Glass Bookcase Top

    This beautiful secretary desk was imported from England. Up top is a beautiful lead glass bookcase with three adjustable shelves inside. The bottom features a drop front secretary with two drawers underneath.
    $550.00
    Type: DeskMaterial: Oak
  • English Georgian Style Antique Carved Library Desk, Phillips of Bristol #30852

    Item # 30852. There is a shrinkage separation from age in one side, see photos. Drawers have original brass pulls and solid mahogany sides. The Harp Gallery. Appleton, WI 54914.
    $1,675.00
    Type: DeskStyle: Georgian
  • Art Nouveau Carved Mahogany Antique Desk, Curved Glass Doors #29566

    Item # 29566. A sweet little desk from the Art Nouveau period about 1915 is curved all around, including drawer fronts and glass doors. There are letter holders right and left. Appleton, WI 54914.
    $850.00
    Type: Desk
    21 watching
    Style: Art NouveauMaterial: Glass

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Choosing Your Antique Secretary Desk

The thing about a secretary desk is that it promotes work-life balance in a way that makes it appealing to both collectors and people looking on eBay for a working desk. Where some other vintage furniture may be purely decorative, a secretary desk can be just as functional as it is attractive. The writing surface just folds up out of the way so that you don't have to look at your work space all the time; it's both practical and space-saving.One reason they have become more popular once again is the shift from desktops to laptops; smaller computers are easier to put in a secretary rather than a conventional hutch. An antique secretary desk and chair can often look and feel better than modern refurbished or pre-owned pieces.

What About Secretary Styles?

Secretary desks come in a range of different styles, though they all feature a hinged work surface in the front. One of the main characteristic features is the presence of various compartments and drawers for storage and organization in the front. While the majority feature both drawers below the writing surface there are a number of variations as to the tops. Some feature bookshelves with glass doors, while others are more like traditional cabinets that keep everything safely out of sight when not in use. Many even have a cubby or two behind the writing surface. Some feature a half desk with a full height cabinet beside it. There are a number of different terms that can be used for similar desks:

  • Secretaire: This is the traditional secretary, designed much like a bureau with a bookcase on top of it.
  • Escritoire: Although the term is often used interchangeably with a secretary, this term also applies to smaller more portable drop front desks.

What Kind of Wood Should You Look For in an Antique Desk or Secretary?

Whether you are looking for a collectors piece from the first half of the twentieth century or simply something used to get some work done on, you should always pay attention to the wood the desk is made from. Different kinds of furniture benefit from different woods, and also provide a different appearance in your living room or home office. Secretary desks are often made from the following kinds of wood:

  • Cherry: This is a moderate hardwood; it's easy to work and shows detail well. While newly made cherry furniture is often light-colored it darkens with time, gaining its rich color over the period of a year or so.
  • Mahogany: This tropical hardwood has a dark rich color. It's very strong and durable, and was very popular with high-end cabinetmakers due to the way it takes a finish. It's more common in antique furniture due to more recent concerns about tropical rainforests.
  • Oak: Often the default, this is a strong, heavy wood with a light color and open grain. Oak furniture is long-lasting and sturdy.
  • Walnut: This dark hardwood manages to combine strength with only moderate weight. It's popular with many cabinetmakers but tends to be expensive because of the amount of burls and sapwood in the lumber.
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