Unusual Early Midcentury Vintage Large Accountant’s Oak Desk with Hidden Compartment
This is a really quirky, unusual find that we can’t find the likes of elsewhere. It’s a old accountant’s desk, dating between the 1930s-1940s, with large proportions, six spacious drawers and best of all, a hidden mini desk within the main desk that’s drawn up using a brass handle. We wonder if perhaps this is where the cash was stowed to be kept out of sight? There are further clues in the drawer with a label stating ‘Reputed to have some from the Old Vauxhall Works Payroll Dept.’ If you have the space, this is grand, beast of a desk with bags of history and a secret compartment is a real talking point with a wonderful story. It would be perfect for a commercial premises with its imposing size and weighty presence.
This is an original piece that is ‘sold as seen’. It is in overall good, used condition. We have lightly cleaned the desk but haven’t completed any further restoration work as we love the original patination and wear from its former office life. There are six long drawers which all slide with ease and have dovetail joints. Some have grooves along the edges where wooden filing dividers would have been. There are two pull-out writing shelves on either side. There is a brass central handle which is pulled to bring up the hidden section with a quirky, cast iron mechanism. The mechanism for this is in good, working order, although it should be noted it’s heavy! We can see no repairs but as you can see from our photos the solid oak desk is marked, scratched and scuffed from use. It was a working, ‘industrial’ piece and is sold as such. Frustratingly we can find no maker’s stamp or label for this specialised and quirky piece of office furniture. Note: this is a very heavy item, made of solid oak.
W: 139.5cm / H: 78.5cm / D: 81cm
Leg Cavity: 67cm x 63cm Hidden Desk Area: 60cm x 46cm