Old Child's roll top desk with matching chair, MAPLE

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 29, 2007
  • Channel: Auction House

Child's Wooden Roll Top Desk


Matching Chair

Partial label on the back of the desk says:




Chair is marked under seat #509

Desk drawer is marked #501 (just the down line of the 9)

Used but not abused

appears never to have been refinished

I played with a desk like this when I was a child, 1940's and 50's. It was my sister's from the 1930's. When I was told this desk was from the 1930's I felt that the information was correct and this is a 1930's desk.


26.5" to bottom of desk writing surface

26.5" wide

24"w x 14" deep writing surface

4 pigeon holes 3.5"w x 4" d

1 pigeon hole 5.25"w x 4"d

13" roll top wood

14.25"w leg space

Carved finger space to open roll top, I opened and closed it with one hand tonight

Two drawers on the right side, 8"w x 12.5"d x 5.5"l, both have wooden pulls


Back legs are continuous and run straight up the back to form the back of the chair, 27"

11.50" x 11.50" formed seat on chair

Seat of the chair is 21" from the floor

4 support bars are between the legs

Chair is approximately 26" tall

This is a beautiful desk and looks like the one my parents gave my sister in the 1930's. This desk does have some bumps and bruises but nothing out of the ordinary. T is a crayon line down the center of the bottom drawer and it looks as if a red pen left an ink mark in the back of the top drawer. Someone seems to have written on the desk (not a lot, just some) writing surface without paper and put lines (scribbles) in the wooden writing surface. I think this could be covered up with stain, or leave it alone and just polish the surface. It shows that a child used this desk and children make mistakes because children at play do not always remember to do everything right.

This desk has not been abused and when we move I planned to put this in our new house in a spot that is not big enough to support an adult desk. Our children are long gone, but the desk would be fun to have for sorting the mail and as a conversation piece. I did not plan to fix the lines in the writing surface because I think they show character. A little polish and a few years would cover the marks to my satisfaction. The lines did not show up in the pictures, but if you want I can try to capture them again.

NOTE: I just checked the marks again. Depending on w you are standing, the marks are not visible. It appears that the real problem is the finish on the writing surface is not very thick (this is not fine furniture) and that is what I see is the problem. If I end of keeping this desk I think I will use something like Fornesby's or Secret du Metier to improve the condition of the writing surface and leave the rest of the desk alone. The rest of the desk is not missing any finish and does not even seem to have any bumps or bruises. I think this may be a situation w leave good enough alone is the best course of action.

remember this is a use piece of furniture that is over 75 years old and was intended to be used by children. When I am seventy five I think I will have a few bumps and bruises. I hope my family will find them to be a sign of character and not expect me to cover them up.

The reason I am selling this desk is because my husband has said that t will not be enough room for all of my things in our new house. He has asked me to sell anything that is new in boxes or anything that we have not used in the recent part. Well this is not a new item in a box, but it is something that we are not currently using and I am saving for a house that we will not build for a while. Tfore, I have decided that I should let this desk go.

If you have questions, ask. If you want to see more pictures please request them before the last minute.

They buyer will have to arrange for shipping this item or pick it up within a reasonable amount of time. I would think that a month to make the arrangements or pick it up would be adequate. I cannot store this ite...