19C English St Paul’s Churchyard Library Desk

PRESENTING a GLORIOUS Mid 19C English St Paul’s Churchyard Library Desk in excellent original condition.

This desk was made in the famous St. Paul’s Churchyard Workshops circa 1840 – 60.

Made of gorgeous mahogany with ebony inlay/banding and leg moldings on original brass caster feet. Original hardware and original red Moroccan leather top.

The dimensions are GORGEOUS and NEAT.

The turning on the legs with the ebony fluted upside down tulip style is FABULOUS.

3 drawers to the front, with original working locks and keys.


The central lock on the central drawer is fully and properly marked. It says: “Chubb’s New Patent ….. W St. Pauls Ch Yd, London … Chubb & Son Makers to HRH Prince Albert …. 43314”.

The mention of HRH Prince Albert helps us date the piece to 1840 -1860.

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel;[1] 26 August 1819 – 14 December 1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

Born in the Saxon duchy of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld to a family connected to many of Europe’s ruling monarchs, at the age of 20 Albert married his cousin, Victoria; they had nine children. Initially he felt constrained by his role of prince consort, which did not afford him power or responsibilities. He gradually developed a reputation for supporting public causes, such as educational reform and the abolition of slavery worldwide, and was entrusted with running the Queen’s household, office and estates. He was heavily involved with the organisation of the Great Exhibition of 1851, which was a resounding success.

Victoria came to depend more and more on Albert’s support and guidance. He aided the development of Britain’s constitutional monarchy by persuading his wife to be less partisan in her dealings with Parliament—although he actively disagreed with the interventionist foreign policy pursued during Lord Palmerston‘s tenure as Foreign Secretary. Albert died at the relatively young age of 42. Victoria was so devastated at the loss of her husband that she entered into a deep state of mourning and wore black for the rest of her life. On her death in 1901, their eldest son succeeded as Edward VII, the first British monarch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, named after the ducal house to which Albert belonged.

Albert and Victoria married on 10 February 1840 at the Chapel RoyalSt James’s Palace. Just before the marriage, Albert was naturalised by Act of Parliament, and granted the style of Royal Highness by an Order in Council.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albert,_Prince_Consort

From the early 18th Century furniture was made in the White Swan Workshop in St Paul’s Churchyard. This was on the south side of the Churchyard. One of the most famous of such furniture makers were Coxed & Woster (Link: https://www.jstor.org/stable/23409274?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents).

This piece was made in the mid 19th Century by an unknown maker on the West side of the Churchyard, but is was very obviously a quality furniture maker of the time.

19C English St Paul’s Churchyard Library Desk.

Provenance: From a Dallas Collector.

Condition: Very good original condition. One very minor repair to the ebony trim on the left front drawer.

Dimensions: 31″ Tall, 55.75″ Wide and 30.75″ Deep

PRICE Now: $14,600

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