Dating from the 1880s, this is a Victorian burl walnut butler’s secretary desk. Purchased from a local estate, this gorgeous solid black walnut butler’s bookcase desk is in original condition. All we did was polish it up, and some minor wear shows here and there in the finish, but it adds charm and character. We did replace the felt on the desk because it was in rough condition. This is called a butler’s desk because back in the old days, the butler was an important person in the household. He took care of the house, paid bills, and did all the food shopping. He would get the groceries, and he would make the list on this desk. It was also used as a dish cupboard in the dining room. This one has lots of burl on it, lots of rosettes, burl trim all over, and racetrack moldings on the doors, which retain their original brass hardware. The beautiful solid black walnut case has a carved crest on top, which is normally missing on these pieces. There is truly burl all over this piece: on the top, the face of the bookcase/china closet, rosettes and buttons. The handles and burl walnut on the drop down lid are unbelievable. The two little brass latches flip down to reveal a cubbyhole double drawer interior. Below that are two more heavily burl paneled doors, and burl paneled columns, and rosettes. The overall size is 48 inches wide, 22 inches deep on the base, and 38 inches high, 21 inches deep on the top section, and 60 inches high from the base. The overall height is 98 inches tall. Other than some finish loss, it’s all original and all set to go in the home. This is a wonderful original finish piece. Please take a look around the rest of the site, and remember that we give a generous freight discount when you purchase multiple items. Call 1-207-314-9621 for details. It will cost only $440 to have this desk shipped to your home, within our normal delivery area. We also ship to all points of Canada, but please email us to get an accurate quote for your specific location.