The back and sides of the desk are panelled, the back having the extra benefit of a panel added at a later date to provide greater stability.

This antique desk splits into four sections, making transportation and positioning that bit more simple.

It has a single drawer over the knee hole while the pedestal has two smaller drawers over a single deeper drawer, all with the original handles.

It is also popular amongst set decorators who want to recreate the ambience of an office of the late 19th or early 20th century.

French ormolu-mounted bureau a cylindre roll top desk signed H. Veneered in walnut with very fine quality ormolu mounts throughout.

A rolltop desk is a 19th-century reworking of the pedestal desk with, in addition, a series of stacked compartments, shelves, drawers and nooks in front of the user, much like the bureau à gradin or the Carlton House desk.

In contrast to these the compartments and the desktop surface of a rolltop desk can be covered by means of a tambour consisting of linked wooden slats that roll or slide through slots in the raised sides of the desk.

In that, it is a descendant in function, and partly in form, of the cylinder desk of the 18th century.

It is a relative of the tambour desk whose slats retract horizontally rather than vertically.

The interior comprises of several pigeon holes, two small drawers with super character.

Each pedestal has a pull out writing slide and four graduating drawers with the original shaped handles.

The writing service is full of character after years of use in times when using pen and ink were the main way of recording events and communicating!