• Gorgeous Shabby Chic French Style White Rolltop Desk Sutherland Shire

    Although it’s light, this will probably require two people or a suitable trolley. This is a beautiful shabby chic roll top desk. There are eight large, shallow drawers on either side and a footrest in chair area for extra comfort.
    AU $49.00
    0 bidsEnding Today at 20:27 AEST6h 52mLocal pickup
  • Roll Top Desk

    Pine Roll Top Desk in good used condition. depth 520mm. height 1240mm. one small knob has a nick out of it.
    AU $50.00
    1 bidEnding Monday at 14:34 AEST1dLocal pickup
  • Solid Mahogany Wood Roll Top Office Desk Home Small Antique Reproduction Design

    3 Drawers, Unique Design, Solid Mahogany Wood. Solid Mahogany Wood. this is it. Colour Red Mahogany. Wood Type Solid Mahogany Wood. A rare to find writing desk. Tv Units Cabinets Coffee Tables Side Tables Hall Stands Hall Tables Nest Tables Tea tables Sofas.
    AU $660.00
    or Best Offer
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  • solid wood roll top Desk

    Golden Oak in colour, has been altered inside to fit a computer. Pick up only from Oyster Bay Sydney.
    AU $180.00

    Lockable Roll Top Desk/Bureau with 8 drawers. No marks and in very good condition. Downsizing house contents. Suit pickup.Size is 1200mm Wide by 600mm Deep by 1200mm High at rear.
    AU $120.00
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    Ending Today at 14:01 AEST26m 47sLocal pickup
  • roll top desk

    Roll top desk for sale width 122 cm height 116 width 57 cm Pick up BEAUMARIS Questions welcome width 122 cm height 116 width 57 cm
    AU $100.00
    0 bidsEnding Tuesday at 22:57 AEST2d 9hLocal pickup
  • Early 1900's Australian postmaster's roll top desk with pigeon holes

    A roll top desk with pigeon holes that was originally used in an Australia Post Office. Early 1900's (1930-40?) construction, solid wood and quite a heavy piece of furniture. Has previously been used to store medical supplies in a doctors practice. It would make a great shop fitting for displaying small items or at home to tidy up a study space. Overall dimensions of the piece are 1300mm (w) x 1770(h) x 600(d), there are three horizontal rows of four pigeon holes across, each hole measures 210(w) x 280(h). A fitting has been removed from the left side of the piece, it has been filled with wood putty but it is an obvious repair as the hole was quite large. All part of the desk's history. 
    AU $950.00
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    or Best Offer
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  • Vintage Roll Top Desk

    This roll top desk is believed to be of pre 1930s origin. It has three drawers on one side, three on the other and one in the middle. There are two levels of pigeon holes, with extra draws underneath and is complete with key for roll top.
    AU $350.00
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    Ending Saturday at 11:01 AEST5d 21hLocal pickup

    This is a classic rolltop desk in mahogany / chocolate in great condition. Item has a small lacquer abrasion as shown in photo. Otherwise there are no other blemishes to note. Local pickup only from Earwood, Sydney.
    AU $95.00
    Local pickup
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  • ROLL TOP DESK ~ pickup only

    Manufacturer and age unknown. Pickup only from 3139. ROLLTOP DESK.
    AU $87.12
    Local pickup
    Was: Previous priceAU $99.00
  • Roll Top Desk

    Pick up from Templestowe 3106
    AU $330.00
    Local pickup
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  • Roll top Desk

    SIZE : Height 124cm x Width 92cm x Depth 47cm. 2 drawers.
    AU $60.00
    Local pickup
  • VINTAGE Wooden Roll Top Desk with drawers

    Gorgeous mid-tone wood. Excellent condition. Perfect for study, bedroom or hall. 189x133 cm.
    AU $170.00
    Local pickup
    or Best Offer

    AU $99.00
    Local pickup

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Roll Top Desks

The roll top desk has been a popular item of office furniture since the 19th century. It has its roots in desks like the tambour and pedestal desk, and is unique in the feature of a pull-down scroll of slatted wood. The fact that the roll top makes it easy to hide away unsightly paperwork and mess makes it very appealing, and removes the need to clear away any correspondence that may be in progress. An office mainstay for many homes and businesses in the 19th century and into the 20th century, they were easy to mass produce as the wooden slats were all identical and attached to a cloth or leather strip to hold it all in place to ensure smooth movement when opened and closed.

Roll Top Desk Features

Roll top desks with drawers provide plenty of storage for your paperwork and stationary items. They are designed to be an all-in-one, self-contained office and were ideal for the 19th century home or small office. Often, drawers are constructed on either side or one side of the desk. These are big enough to hold books and files. Smaller drawers on the desk table hold pens and miscellaneous small office items.

Roll Top Desk Construction

Traditionally, roll top desks were made from heavy and expensive woods, such as oak. This made them a very durable and hardy item. Beautiful polished woods, such as blackwood, rosewood and mahogany, are also characteristic of antique desks. Modern roll tops are constructed from all kinds of materials with lightweight pine being an affordable and sustainable choice. Most woods are polished, although some are painted white for a French provincial feel.

Antique Roll Top Desks

An in-demand antique item, roll top desks were turned out in numerous quantities of varying quality, due to their vast popularity and the fact that they were easy to manufacture. As many of the woods used in the 19th century for furniture construction have now become rare and expensive, roll top desks hold their value well. A great way to recreate the ambience of bygone days, they're decorative whilst still being functional. Roll tops are among the more popular antique desks due to the variety of wood finishes and colours they come in, meaning there are plenty of options to blend in with contemporary decor.

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