Pictures of Antique Secretary Desks
Becca Darling I love desks of many types: I have had an antique oak secretary-ladies' desk for 40 years with carving on the outside of the front that drops down. Below that are two doors that swing open. They are each just the right size for a banker's file storage box or empty paper reams' box to corral files or other items. Above the two doors is a narrower drawer, the width of the desk, for smaller items. The "front' opens downward above these. It is held "up" by old chains. Inside the top there are compartments for staplers, paper clips, etc., etc. I saved small cans with nice tops that fit these areas, papered them with pretty scrapbook paper that accents the decor and the desk is lovely when opened or closed. It now sits in a little alcove at the top of our stairs, overlooking the vaulted front entryway. Great for handwriting journal, garden planning, using IPad, writing Christmas cards (when I do it). The grand girls love it for homework, diary entries!
In one house, we seldom used the front door. There was easily room for the secretary in the entryway with a chair next to it. It was a cozy place. Had to close the desk to open front door, but that was okay.
Also have a very large and heavy mahogany roll-top desk. I use that for more serious laptop typing, financial and household record keeping.
Okay, I DO LIKE DESKS! My third one is in the master bedroom. It is part of the same furniture line as other major pieces in the room. It has three drawers to the left, kneehole to the right. Good size mirror on wall above latter part. Am I old fashioned? I use it as my vanity! Not for me putting make-up on in the bathroom, esp. when steamed up from the shower. I like sitting there each day, my mind free to think pleasant thoughts as I go through my "beauty" routine.
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