What is the value of an old school desk? Antique cast iron school desks are consistently priced between $100-$250 apiece, depending on their quality and decorations.
What is a school desk called? Also known as a combo desk, these desks have a chair attached to a desktop. Usually the chairs will have two legs and the desktop will have two legs. Combination desks feature the desktop in the front which accommodates right and left handed students.
What is the hole in antique school desk? The hole is called the ink well. The desk top also has an indentation for the pen to rest in, so it wouldn’t roll off the desk. This desk reminds us of a not really so distant time when one teacher in the one-room school taught all subjects to all ages, in a very simple classroom.
When did school desks have inkwells? In 1880, John Loughlin designed the first model of the school desk used by schools across the country. It was known as “the fashion desk” and consisted of a large desktop with an inkwell and attached bench (similar to the school desk images we have).