What does a partner’s desk look like? Basically, partners desks look like two single desks pushed together back to back, except the desktop isn’t split, but is instead one complete surface. The two pedestal bases are also doubled and offer storage options on each side.
Why is it called partners desk? A partners desk was so called because ‘partners’ such as two partners in a firm of solicitors sat opposite each other, the desk therefore needed to have a large working area and had drawers or cupboards both sides.
How do I find a vintage 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.
What are those old desks called? Antique Secretary Desks
The antique secretary desk has a history dating back to the seventeenth century. It originated within the French escritoire, or “small writing desk” that featured a surface that either pulled out or folded down to create a larger expanse for writing.