Large Antique English Edwardian 5ft Oak Roll Top Pedestal Office Writing Desk (Circa 1910)

GBP 3,750.00

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Object Description

Here is an exhibition quality large antique English Edwardian solid oak 5ft wide freestanding roll top pedestal desk, circa 1910, with a stunning comprehensive interior, in excellent condition.

• Circa: 1901 – 1910
• Period: Edwardian
• Wood: Oak
• Provenance: England, United Kingdom
• Width: 5ft
• Comprehensive interior
• Freestanding / centre room desk
• “S” shaped design
• Solid fielded oak panels
• Original drawer cup handles & interior brass label holders
• 14 internal drawers
• 36 Internal open compartments
• 2 side posting slots
• 2 pull out writing slide supports
• 7 graduated drawers to pedestals
• Large filing drawer (right pedestal)
• Central drawer between pedestals
• Central modesty board
• Working locks and keys
• Excellent condition
• Dismantles for easy transportation
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-days UK returns policy

Here is an exhibition quality large antique English Edwardian solid oak 5ft wide freestanding roll top pedestal desk, circa 1910, with a stunning comprehensive interior, in excellent overall condition. The desk has been constructed from the best quality oak and the exterior of the desk features good quality pronounced fielded (bevel edged) oak panels. The number of small drawers within the top section of the desk denotes the quality of the desk and status of its owner. This desk features 14 internal drawers and 36 pigeonholes to the top section.

Constructed with an “S” shaped design to the top section, this roll top desk was designed to be freestanding in the centre of a room. The sliding tambour can be lifted up to reveal a bank of internal drawers and compartments. The interior houses 14 internal drawers, 8 of which incorporate label holders. While none of the old original labels survive, a replacement set has been faithfully reproduced to fit the label holders (see photos). The new labels feature several extra options, to best suit the user’s needs. If extra labels are required, including new category names, these can be produced for no additional cost. The internal drawers feature their original brass label holders. Set within the bank of drawers are 36 pigeonhole compartments, ideal for storing paperwork, letters and other accoutrements. A letter rack is also situated either side the desk to store letters upright, as well as a third situated to the rear of the central ‘cubby hole’. Each side of the desk incorporates the original posting slots, where letters can be posted into the desk, whilst the tambour is closed.

When the sliding tambour is pulled down and secured using the original lock and working key, this will lock the top section and pedestal drawers. The central drawer between the pedestals retains its own working lock and key. Both locks are original and functional, with working keys.

The desk stands on two large pedestals, which incorporate a bank of graduated drawers. The bottom right drawer features a large open filing drawer. The drawers retain their original, carved oak cup handles. Sitting on top of each pedestal are two large pull-out-writing slides, ideal for organising additional paper work around you, whilst you work. There is a solid oak fielded panel modesty board in between the two pedestals at the back of the desk. The desk dismantles into three main sections for easy storage or transportation.

This roll top desk is a truly classic example of a fine quality English roll top desks from the early 20th century period. The level of detail and craftsmanship displayed is high. It is rare to see an example, which not only retains all its internal drawers, but is also in excellent original condition.

The desk features a mellow golden oak colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. It is rare to see one in such good condition.

This roll top desk would look superb in a variety of rooms from the work place to the home office. The desk would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

External Height = 127.8cm or 50⅜” or 4ft 2⅜”
External Width = 152cm or 60” or 5ft
External Depth = 81cm or 31⅞” or 2ft 7⅞”
Writing Height = 76.5cm or 30⅛” or 2ft 6⅛”
Writing Width = 140.7cm or 55⅜” or 4ft 7⅜”
Writing Depth (Including Alcove) = 68cm or 26¾” or 2ft 2¾”
Knee Height = 65.5cm or 25¾” or 2ft 1¾”
Knee Width (Pedestals) = 75.5cm or 29¾” or 2ft 5¾”
Knee Width (At Plinth) = 73.5cm or 29” or 2ft 5”

The price for this item is £3,750 including free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
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International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

Here is an exhibition quality large antique English Edwardian solid oak 5ft wide freestanding roll top pedestal desk, circa 1910, with a stunning comprehensive interior, in excellent overall condition. The desk has been cleaned and French polished, by hand, to a professional standard, in our workshop, therefore the colour and finish is to an excellent standard. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant considering its age. There are no ink or water stains or scratches to the main desk-top. There are old use marks to the tops of the writing slide supports and insides of the drawers (see photos). The tambour incorporates the original working barrel lock, with a working key. When the sliding tambour is pulled down and secured using the original lock and working key, this will lock the top section and pedestal drawers, while the centre drawer between the pedestals retains its own original working lock and key. The original tambour lock and key are in working order. There are no splits in the tambour (which again, is common in these types of desks). The desk boasts all its original internal brass label holders and turned knobs. While none of the original labels survive, an updated, extended set of labels has been produced to fit the label holders; these are brand new and free from damage. Additional labels, including ones with new category names, can be supplied at no extra cost. It is rare to see a roll top desk displaying such quality in such good condition. This item is well made, solid in joint and ready to use.

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