Desk styles............. Illustrated FURNITURE Glossary.

Davenport (desk)

In America you sit on a davenport; in England you write on one.

The davenport desk is a small writing desk with a slanted lift top and drawers on the side, not on the front.

The Victorian form was often made in small sizes to be used in a lady's bedroom.

The many drawers were of varied sizes to hold stationery, stamps, pens and other items used at a desk.

A davenport may have elaborate veneer and carved decorations

Origin: This desk owes its name to a captain Davenport who was the first to commission this particular design, from Gillows of London, near the end of the 18th century. In a sense then it could also be considered a Campaign desk though there are no records indicating if the captain was in the British Army or the Royal Navy.

Examples from Buffalo:

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