Antique secretary desks and writing desks have their origin in the 17th century as small traveling desks. After that they started appearing in various sizes and styles. In 1750, British furniture designer Thomas Chippendale designed some remarkable secretary desks that reflected the influence of the Gothic style.
Victorian antique writing desks are very popular and among the most sought-after of antique writing desks especially if signed by the maker. Antique writing desks and antique secretary desks are a popular choice among writers for the convenience they afford and the visual appeal. Roll top desks were popular in the 19th century due to the privacy they afforded and the fact that the top could be locked.
Collecting Wall & Carriage Clocks – Wall clocks come in large variety of shapes and sizes, and are either weight- or spring-driven. They range from the often imaginative Black Forest clocks, first made in the 17th century, to the simple English round-dial clocks introduced in the late 18th century and the expensive, high quality early 19th-century Vienna regulators with their severe, architectural lines and ebony or boxwood cases.
American wall clocks, made from the 1780s onwards, began to be exported to England in great numbers during the middle of the 19th century and proved so popular that they had an adverse effect on the English clock-making industry.
Antique Bookshelves In Your Home Library – An antique bookshelf can make a nice addition to your home decor, while helping you keep your collection organized and well kept. Antique bookshelves come in a variety of styles, sizes and colors. Each one has its own unique characteristics and special charm. They are beautiful pieces of handiwork in and of themselves, and adding your books can make them complete.
If you are a book collector, or simply an avid reader, consider the number of books that you have, and what size bookshelf you need. If you take pride in your collection of books, one or two quality antique bookshelves are worth the investment.
Designing With An Antique Rug – Designing for a new room or giving a room in need of revitalization a makeover can be challenging. Fortunately, whether the goal of the room is to feel traditional or eclectic, cozy or romantic, often the easiest way to begin planning the room is the use of a beautiful antique rug.
No matter the desired look, a vintage or antique rug can be found to tie together a design concept in a room. The popular Persian floor coverings from bygone eras were made in a wide range of sumptuous colors with intricate patterning. These woven works of art can be found in a variety of patterns that depict architecture, plant life, and geometric designs, among many others.