Early apprentice miniature writing bureau



  • £750.00
  • €878 Euro
  • $1,034 US Dollar

United Kingdom

Hoarde Vintage Member since 2019
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A rare two part miniature bureau. Possibly made by an apprentice in the Victorian period. It is created in mahogany and mother of pearl details with carved bun feet at the front and plain at the back. A false drawer front pulls out to reveal a sliding desk with old baize and small drawers with a hidden compartment to the left drawer. A strange arrangement to have further hidden spaces has been contrived from the back and rear front. However I have not been able to fathom it out. There are a multitude of holes in the back wood section, where someone may have tried to gain access Look at second photograph. Overall it is complete but if it were to have a full and deep restoration would command a collectors price. Sharper image will be appearing later,


  • H: 46cm (18in)
  • W: 28cm (11in)
  • D: 18cm (7in)



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I am an artist, sculptor, collector and restorer.  I have always been inspired and influenced by my love of the old. Since collecting tins, postcards, early textiles and gadgets as a teenager I have surrounded myself with “stuff”. I started trading in the 1970s from my architectural effects shop Leaded Lights and design shop Gothic in Greenwich. My stock reflects my enjoyment of the antique and the peculiar, from early Medieval to Victorian to Art Deco and industrial design.

I endeavour to hunt out the unusual - richly patinated wood, faded sun-drenched   paintwork and gently burnished ironwork.

We are based in a Victorian Gothic building in Somerset, only 15 minutes from the M5.

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