Antique Trestle Desks



2015-06-26 11:18:11

Antique Trestle Desks are a style of desk designed to feature two supporting legs.


Brief history and description

Trestle desks are similar to writing desks in construction, though their modern form varies more than their antique counterparts. The desk is supported by just two legs instead of four, and the legs branch out at the bottom and combine to become four supportive feet.

Many antique variations of the trestle desk feature drawers of varying sizes designed for the storage of valuables. The desks were originally designed to be easily dismantled for ease of transportation and storage.

Guide for collectors

Antique trestle desks have appeared at conventional and specialist auction houses, for widely varying prices. They have also been featured in live auctions at online auctioneer websites such as eBay, where prospective collectors may find great bargains but are advised to ensure that their purchases are authentic, by carefully assessing the age and condition of a piece before bidding.

Antique trestle desks have become a popular piece of office or home furniture, and adapt well into a variety of living spaces. Prospective collectors can find a wide range of images of the desks online, which could prove useful to the identification process.


At the higher end of the price scale, a George Nakashima single-drawer antique trestle desk in walnut sold for $80,000 from Rago Modern Auctions on 27th October 2007.

Also towards the higher end of the price scale for an antique trestle des, an early 20th century Meissen porcelain-mounted and ebonized writing desk with trestle legs sold for $54,500 on 29th July 2007 from New Orleans Auction, St. Charles Gallery, Inc.

Elsewhere, an American ‘House of Representatives’ trestle desk dated from 1856 sold for $13,500 from Neal Auction Company on 23rd February 2008.

At the lower end of the price scale, an early 20th century English Arts & Crafts oak desk sold on 25th July 2009 from Kaminski Auctions for just $90.

Share on social media
Write a response...

The bookmarklet lets you save things you find to your collections.

Note: Make sure your bookmarks are visible.


Click and drag the Collect It button to your browser's Bookmark Bar.

collect it