Oak S Roll Top Desk

Oak S Roll Top Desk
The drawers make the difference.

Side view panels roll top desk

Oak S Roll Top Desk Value

Bernie says:

Hello Walt,

What is this Oak s roll top desk value? The roll top is raised panel throughout. 21 horizontal drawers 2 of which are lockable and 1 left and vertical drawer. Condition excellent.

AW says: This is an excellent example of an antique roll-top desk. It has some great features that we like to see in the collectible models.

First is the large amount drawers, nearly any piece of furniture with a lot of drawers is going to sell well, but it’s an especially important factor for a desk. Next, the desk is solid oak, opposed to veneer.

The banks go all the way to the floor which is a must for an attractive desk to be suitable for home use.

It’s an S-Roll which is more popular than the C-Roll models.

The carved fluted handles are original and aesthetically pleasing.

And the sides of this desk are beautifully paneled with beveled inserts. Therefore,  placement in just about any part of the room is doable.

The desk is circa turn of the 20th century.

Retail value: $3,200

Wholesale Value: $2,000

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20th Century S Roll Top Desk

20th Century S Roll Top Desk

20th Century S Roll Top Desk

Thea asks: What can you tell me about this desk?

AW says: This is a very good quality late 2oth Century S Roll Top Desk. The clear crisp lines on the edges tell us it’s age, although it’s an excellent work which respected the style and construction of earlier period desks.

The condition is excellent and it’s a solid oak piece, not veneered. It’s a good home model, which have more styling than the commercial counterparts. For example: beveled drawer fronts, banks that go all the way to the floor on either side as opposed to being¬† set on feet, and a nice S-roll, where commercial models are often of the plainer C-Roll variety.

Retail value: $1,200

Wholesale: $500

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Oak C Roll Top Desk

Oak Roll Top Desk

Oak C Roll Top Desk

James asks: What can you tell me about this desk?


AW says: This is a “C-Roll Top Desk“. It’s made of oak veneer over a secondary oak. These were made with this technique due to the sheer volume of wood needed to make a desk of this style and purpose.

The purpose of this desk would have been for commercial use in a bank or a large office. The commercial desks like this are identifiable by size, the fact that there’s a C-Roll as opposed to an S roll, and it’s up on legs. Home versions were smaller, a bit fancier, and had an S roll.

These were workhorses, thus very well made and stood the test of time.

The period of this desk is from 1910s to 1930s.

Retail value: $650

Wholesale value: $250