What do you call the desk with a hutch? The name “secretary desk” conjures images of an old-fashioned piece of furniture. In fact, these classic desks have been around since the 1700s, although they’re still very much in use today.
What is a secretary hutch? The Hutch has plenty of open storage space for work-in-progress, books, decorations, and more while the desk features a vertical storage cabinet along with a box drawer to organize your office supplies and writing utensils.
How old is a secretary desk? Taking its name from the French word for the piece, secrétaire, the secretary desk dates back to the 18th century, when Paris-based cabinetmaker Jean-François Oeben, known for his exquisite marquetry and clever mechanical desks, is thought to have invented the secrétaire à abbattant, or drop-leaf desk.
How do you identify a secretary desk?
- Look at the wood. Many secretary desks from the 1700s and 1800s feature exotic woods like rosewood, tulipwood, and kingwood.
- Examine the construction.
- Look for a manufacturer mark or label.