Rolltop desks are one of my favorite pieces of antique furniture. They combine several things that I find pleasing. They are substantial and functional, as well as having beautiful wood, interesting joinery, moving parts, and (when we hear them) fascinating stories to tell.
Currently we have three rolltops in the shop for restoration. The one pictured here belonged to our client’s grandfather. It was used for a while by their teenager and was stored for several years. What you see below is the result of all that happened along the way and some not so gentle moving.
Check back after some refinishing and some woodworking repairs to see the final results of this restoration.