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Ornate Late Victorian Block Front Drop Front Secretary Desk

  Lot # B110
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Ornate Late Victorian Block Front Drop Front Secretary Desk

This is quite an incredible desk. As a starter, the handsome block front style drawers, with some of the best brass handles we have ever seen, show off the commitment to quality. The ornately carved drop section folds down and, for safety reasons, rests on the two pull-out panels. Our favorite part is the wonderful top section, which has a wood border with brass twisted spindles. The interior of the desk offers nice additional storage.

The claw feet finish off the desk nicely. It's about as good as one can hope to find in a writing desk of this style. Exquisite carving of the North Wind God on the front of the drop leaf. The most frequently missing area is the gallery around the top, which finishes off the desk so nicely. One last point is that what is called the secondary wood is the best cut of oak. The secondary wood is the wood used on the interior of the drawers. Normally, cheaper wood is used, but not here. Quarter sawn oak is what was used.

It's a giveaway to how much was done to give the buyer the best money can buy. We believe this desk was made by the Horner Co. - known for this kind of quality.


  • Handsome block front style drawers
  • High-quality brass handles with intricate designs
  • Exquisite carving of the North Wind God on the front of the drop leaf
  • Detailed carvings on the drawer fronts and sides
  • Ornately carved drop section
  • Drop front folds down and rests on two pull-out panels for stability
  • Multiple small compartments and drawers inside the desk
  • Central locking door with turned pillars
  • Wood border with brass twisted spindles on top gallery
  • Gallery rail around the top, often missing in similar pieces


Good, age-appropriate wear, see photos. For its age, the condition is excellent. There are some minor nicks and scuffs on the back. This piece functions and displays exceptionally well.


42" X 32" X 17"

Lot # B110
System ID # 17714727
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