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English George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase with Original Brasses, circa 1790
Located in New Orleans, LA
English George III mahogany secretary bookcase with original brasses (circa 1790).
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Antique 1770s Bookcases

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Mahogany

George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Port Chester, NY
Elegant Georgian style cabinet with classical pediment, geometric glazing bars over the twin doors with three adjustable shelves within, the lower section with a fall front, fully li...
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21st Century and Contemporary European George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 88.5 in. W 40.75 in. D 22 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase, circa 1765
Located in Hallowell, US
Early George III Mahogany antique secretary bookcase circa 1765. Measures: 41.5" x 23" deep, 93" high. Important model with original feet and great interior. This 18th centu...
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Antique Mid-18th Century British George III Secretaires

Materials

Wood, Mahogany

19th Century George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany Bureau bookcase. The bookcase top has two astregal glazed doors, opening to reveal adjustable shelves. Below this is a fall front, open...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III secretary bookcase. The top of the bookcase has astregal glazed doors opening to reveal adjustable shelves. Below this the bureau fall opens to ...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

19th Century George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany bureau bookcase, with glazed doors to the top, with a nicely fitted interior below, the bookcase remains in good condition, showing min...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

George III Mahogany Butlers Secretary
Located in Essex, MA
With rectangular dentilled cornice over a pair of glazed Chippendale fretwork doors enclosing shelves , the base with secretary desk with fitted interior over four drawers, bracket f...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Butlers Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Butlers Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Butlers Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Butlers Secretary
H 81.75 in. W 37 in. D 22 in.
18th Century George III Mahogany Bookcase Secretary, Georgian, 1780s
Located in Roma, RM
English Bookcase, George III, circa 1780, mahogany wood, in good condition but in need of restoration. Fantastic example of English craftsmanship for this type of furniture. Carefu...
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Antique 1780s English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

18th-19th Century George III Style Mahogany Secretary
Located in Atlanta, GA
18th-19th century George III style mahogany secretary in three pieces.   
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Antique 19th Century English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

18th Century George III Period Mahogany Breakfront Secretary Bookcase
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
18th century George III period mahogany breakfront bookcase with a secretaire or secretary drawer in the centre. The desk drawer is surprisingly useful in a modern home as laptops an...
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Antique Early 1800s British George III Bookcases

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Mahogany

George III Bookcase or Secretary Bureau of Mahogany from England
Located in Austin, TX
A handsome English bureau bookcase or secretary from the George III period, featuring a canopy top over two paneled doors of flame-cut mahogany, opening to a a bookcase with fitted s...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Secretaires

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Metal, Brass

Small Size George III Inlaid Mahogany and Satinwood Bookcase Secretary Desk
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Of a very attractive small size this Georgian inlaid Mahogany Bookcase Secretary Desk dates to circa 1820 and features a bookcase with adjustable shelves and lined with moire silk. T...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Secretaires

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Brass

Antique English George III Slant-Front Secretary w/ Bookcase in Cuban Mahogany
Located in Miami, FL
A fine 18th century George III English bureau bookcase secretary in solid West Indies/ Cuban mahogany. The bonnet features a swan neck, broken-scroll pediment with carved rosettes an...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

18th C. Irish George III Burled Mahogany Bachelor's Chest with Secretary Drawer
Located in Bridgeport, CT
An important and early chest requiring restoration. With a serpentine case, the top drawer opens to a secretary/ toilette section with a green felt cover, compartments (some with lid...
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Antique 18th Century Irish George II Commodes and Chests of Drawers

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Mahogany

Irish Mahogany Corner Secretary
Located in Woodbury, CT
Mahogany corner secretary with single glazed door over outfitted butler's secretary drawer and two over three graduated drawers. Satinwood stringing and fan inlays occur throughout t...
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Antique 19th Century British George III Secretaires

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Boxwood, Olive, Satinwood, Mahogany

  • Irish Mahogany Corner Secretary
  • Irish Mahogany Corner Secretary
  • Irish Mahogany Corner Secretary
  • Irish Mahogany Corner Secretary
H 93 in. W 37 in. D 28 in.
English Mahogany Secretary With Mirrored Bookcase. Circa 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
English mahogany secretary with mirrored bookcase. Secretary has a upper case broken pediment top with dental molding, original mirrored doors, candle slides, and fitted interior wi...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

English Mahogany Secretary with Blind Door Bookcase. Circa 1770
Located in Charleston, SC
English Mahogany secretary with bookcase. Secretary has intricately carved upper case flanking blind doors with a fitted interior and adjustable shelving. Lower case has a slant fr...
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Antique 1770s English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

18th Century Satin Mahogany and Rosewood Secretary
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a secretary / bureau/ desk made in England, circa 1780. The top and the fall have a rosewood banding with a string inlay of satinwood and Satin Mahogany in the interior of th...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

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Satinwood

English Chippendale Mahogany Breakfront With Secretary, Circa 1790
Located in Charleston, SC
English Chippendale mahogany breakfront with carved molded cornice, four upper case glass doors with arched oval mullions, adjustable interior shelving, lower case concealing a slidi...
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Antique 1790s English George III Bookcases

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Brass

Mahogany Butler's Secretary with Satinwood Inlays and Outfitted Desk Interior
Located in Woodbury, CT
Mahogany butler's secretary on splay feet. Large brass knobs draw the eye to the drawers. The three top drawers each have an oval string inlay of boxwood. This oval is twice repeated...
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Antique 19th Century British George III Secretaires

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Boxwood, Mahogany

Antique Secretary Bookcase
Located in Gloucestershire, GB
Antique secretaire or secretary bookcase, this is an especially fine piece of furniture made from fine quality figured fiddle back mahogany with mahogany lined drawers and a desk dra...
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Antique 18th Century British George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

  • Antique Secretary Bookcase
  • Antique Secretary Bookcase
  • Antique Secretary Bookcase
  • Antique Secretary Bookcase
H 74 in. W 60.25 in. D 24 in.
English Mahogany and Satinwood Fall Front Secretary with Bookcase C. 1780
Located in Charleston, SC
English mahogany secretary bookcase with a carved molded edge cornice, flanking hinged glass doors revealing adjustable interior shelving, fall front desk with leather writing surfac...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

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Brass

English Mahogany Tambour Graduated Hinged Secretary with Bookcase, Circa 1800
Located in Charleston, SC
English mahogany secretary with a carved molded dental cornice, two hinged upper case doors revealing three adjustable interior shelves, tambour desk fitted with interior leather too...
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Antique Early 1800s English George III Secretaires

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Brass

English Regency Mahogany Fall Front Secretary With Bookcase. Circa 1790
Located in Charleston, SC
English Regency mahogany fall front secretary bookcase with dental molding, adjustable interior shelving, fitted interior desk, leather writing surface, original brasses, and termina...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier British George III Secretaires

18th Century English Bird's-Eye Maple and Mahogany Bookcase Secretary
Located in Savannah, GA
This is a bookcase secretary / bureau bookcase made in England, circa 1790. It has a beautifully shaped top with a heavy, layered crown molding. There is a pair of beautifully glazed...
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Antique 1790s English George III Secretaires

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Birdseye Maple

19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase
Located in Dallas, TX
PRESENTING a STUNNING 19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase. From circa 1850-60 and most definitely, “IRISH”. Made of gorgeous flamed Cuban mahogany which would have been imp...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Irish George III Bookcases

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Glass, Mahogany, Satinwood

  • 19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase
  • 19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase
  • 19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase
  • 19C Irish Georgian Style Secretary Bookcase
H 87 in. W 84.75 in. D 20.75 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in New York, NY
English, George III mahogany secretary bookcase in two parts, glazed doors and, Shelved interior. Lower part with two false drawers opening to a maple veneered. Fitted interior...
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Antique 19th Century English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany, Maple

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 84 in. W 39 in. D 20 in. L 84 in.
George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretary
Located in Los Angeles, CA
An antique George III period mahogany breakfront secretary. This piece has glazed doors with satinwood mullions and a pigeonhole fitted writing section. The breakfront is complete wi...
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Antique 1780s English George III Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Breakfront Secretary
H 118.5 in. W 113 in. D 19 in.
George III Period Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Atlanta, GA
An 18th century mahogany secretary bookcase with a secretary drawer and three additional drawers on bracket feet
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Bookcases

Materials

Wood, Glass, Leather

  • George III Period Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Period Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Period Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Period Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 87.5 in. W 42.5 in. D 19.25 in.
18th Century George III Secretary Bookcase
Located in Cleveland, OH
Mahogany and satinwood inlaid 13 lite secretary bookcase with reticulated broken arch pediment over a fitted leather top desk above two inlaid doors on bracket feet. Inlaid with f...
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Antique 18th Century English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany, Satinwood

  • 18th Century George III Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century George III Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century George III Secretary Bookcase
  • 18th Century George III Secretary Bookcase
H 102 in. W 48.75 in. D 24.5 in.
19th Century English Mahogany Two-Part Secretary Bookcase
Located in Miami, FL
English mahogany two-part secretary bookcase; the upper section with a molded cornice over two long cabinet doors decorated in the Adams style with etched glass mirrors depicting neo...
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Antique 19th Century English George III Secretaires

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Brass

Late 18th Century Georgian Secretary Press
Located in Asheville, NC
A beautiful late 18th century George III plum mahogany secretary press with upper section consisting of double blind paneled doors with string inlay, under a banded inlaid frieze and...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

  • Late 18th Century Georgian Secretary Press
  • Late 18th Century Georgian Secretary Press
  • Late 18th Century Georgian Secretary Press
  • Late 18th Century Georgian Secretary Press
H 88.5 in. W 49.13 in. D 24.25 in.
George III Parcel-Gilt Secretary Bookcase
Located in Brooklyn, NY
An exquisite English Georgian secretary bookcase of exceptional design and detail. The swan-necked broken pediment features gilt acanthus flourishes and rosettes with a central plint...
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Antique Early 1800s English George III Secretaires

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Mahogany

English George III Mirrored Mahogany Secretary Bookcase, circa 1770
By Giles Grendey
Located in San Francisco, CA
A very nice mahogany gilt slant front secretary bookcase with mirror and gilt accents. This particular design and construction is associated with Giles Grendy. We date this to the th...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Secretaires

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Brass

George III Secretary-Bookcase
Located in Atlanta, GA
An unusual mahogany secretaire-book cabinet, the upper section with glazed doors with central arched mullions, the lower section consisting of a tambour-enclosed writing surface with...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Bookcases

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Brass

Fine George III period Crotch Mahogany and Rosewood Secretary
Located in New York, NY
Important and Very fine George III period faded crotch mahogany and rosewood cross banded butlers secretary bookcase lined in ivory moire. Acquired
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Secretaires

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Glass, Leather

George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in Wilson, NC
George III mahogany secretary has a swan neck broken pediment with dental molding and carved floral rosettes. The frieze has carved fluting and floral pendant carvings. It retains it...
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Antique 1760s English George III Secretaires

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Brass

  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
H 102 in. W 42 in. D 24.5 in.
Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
  • Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
  • Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
  • Antique English George III Mahogany Secretary
H 85 in. W 45 in. D 22 (1/2)closed 35(open) in.
Antique English George III mahogany secretary/bookcase.
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English George III mahogany secretary/bookcase.
Category

Antique 19th Century English Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

George III mahogany secretary bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
A George III mahogany secretary bookcase the upper case with dentilled cornice over a pair of glazed and mullioned doors above a hinged slant front desk with a fitted interior over ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany, Glass

  • George III mahogany secretary bookcase
  • George III mahogany secretary bookcase
  • George III mahogany secretary bookcase
  • George III mahogany secretary bookcase
H 89 in. W 46 in. D 23 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
A good quality George III mahogany secretary bookcase, the swan neck pediment with floral terminals above the key fret moulding and a pair of mullioned doors enclosing fabric-lined s...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 95 in. W 43 in. D 21.5 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
A good quality early George III mahogany secretary bookcase, the upper stage with a broken pediment cornice centered by Prince of Wales feathers above the astragal glazed doors; the ...
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Antique 1760s English George III Bookcases

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Mahogany, Oak

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 98 in. W 42 in. D 23 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
A George III mahogany secretary bookcase the cornice with dentil moulding above the double glazed and mullioned doors opening to adjustable shelves, the lower case with a fall front ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Georgian Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 80.25 in. W 39 in. D 19.5 in.
19th Century English George III Mahogany Secretary and Bookcase
Located in Savannah, GA
19th century English George III mahogany secretary and bookcase. Depth when open is 40.5".
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Antique 19th Century English George III Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

Fine Quality George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in San Francisco, CA
A fine quality George III mahogany secretary bookcase, the lattice form broken pediment cornice above a pair of glazed doors with geometric mullions, the lower case fitted with 3 dr...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Chippendale Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

19th Century English George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase with Dome Top
Located in Atlanta, GA
A 19th Century English George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase with Dome Top, secretary drawer satinwood fitted interior, leather writing surface and cabinet below.
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Antique 19th Century English Bookcases

George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in Essex, MA
Cornice with Gothic arch and dentilled carving, over a pair of Gothic revival doors, the base with a cylinder lid opening to a beautifully fitted interior with black leather writing ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
H 86.5 in. W 42 in. D 23.5 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in Essex, MA
RECTANGULAR SHAPED CORNICE OVER A PAIR OF GOTHIC MULLIONED DOORS. OVER A CYLINDER LID OPENING TO A FITTED INTEROIR WITH PULL OUT LEATHER WRITING SURFACE OVER THREE DRAWERS , SPLAYED ...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier British Georgian Secretaires

  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
  • George III Mahogany Secretary
H 85.75 in. W 39.5 in. D 21 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Port Chester, NY
A George III period two-part mahogany secretary desk with inlaid interior, document drawer, glass mullions, candle slides and ogee feet.
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Antique 1780s European George III Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 83.5 in. W 39 in. L 83.5 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
George III (Hepplewhite) mahogany and oval inlaid butler's secretary desk in two parts on French feet with shaped apron, glass mullion doors, fitted interior with pigeon holes and sa...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Bookcases

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Desk
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Desk
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Desk
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Desk
H 85 in. W 40 in. D 19.5 in.
George III Mahogany Secretary, 18th Century, in the Manner of Henry Kettle
By Henry Kettle
Located in Charleston, SC
Extraordinary George III Mahogany Secretary or Bookcase, 18th century, in the manner of Henry Kettle. Pierced cornice with broken arch pediment finishing in scrolled rosettes with ce...
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Antique Mid-18th Century English George III Secretaires

Materials

Kingwood, Mahogany

George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Kilmarnock, VA
An elegant and simple George III mahogany secretaire bookcase with glazed doors enclosing adjustable shelves, the lower section with drawers and fitted interior.
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 87 in. W 42 in. L 87 in.
PERIOD GEORGE III MAHOGANY SECRETARY BOOKCASE
Located in Essex, MA
Beautiful Georgian Secretary Bookcase with Beautifully Reticulated Pediment
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English Bookcases

Materials

Mahogany

Irish George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Essex, MA
THE TALL BROKEN ARCH PEDIMENT OVER A PAIR OF DOORS WITH CHINESE CHIPPENDALE MULLIONS ENCLOSING TWO SHELVES LINED WITH CREAM SILK.THE BASE WITH SLANT LID WRITING SURFACE WITH FITTED I...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Irish Georgian Secretaires

  • Irish George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • Irish George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • Irish George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
  • Irish George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
H 81.75 in. W 39.5 in. D 21.5 in.
English George III Mahogany Secretary Bureau Bookcase
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a very handsome mahogany English George III secretary/bureau bookcase with a gently arched cornice over two glazed astragal door with gothic moulding opening to reveal interi...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Cabinets

Materials

Mahogany

19th c. English George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in Pasadena, CA
English Mahogany Secretary from George III, Circa 1810. Top drawer's front panel unlocked by key to recline and become a desk. Three shelf glass cabinet, three bottom drawers and eig...
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Antique 19th Century English George III Secretaires

Materials

Bronze

George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase, ca. 1800.
Located in Atlanta, GA
A George III mahogany secretaire bookcase with arched cornice with inlay, glazed doors & drop front drawer enclosing small drawers with ivory pulls, writing surface and pigeon holes....
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Antique 19th Century English Secretaires

Materials

Mahogany

English 18th Century George III Mahogany Secretary
Located in Baton Rouge, LA
An early George III English mahogany period bureau bookcase. 24-paned bookcase doors with 3 adjustable shelves. Just under the bookcase doors are 2 candle slides for lighting, that o...
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier English George III Desks and Writing Ta...

19th Century English George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Chelmsford, Essex
For sale is a good quality George III mahogany secretaire bookcase. Having a glazed top, opening to reveal adjustable shelves. Below this, the secretaire drawer opens to a fully fitt...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Bookcases

Materials

Glass, Mahogany

Charming Late 18th Century George III Mahogany Secretary Bookcase
Located in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
A charming secretary bookcase of rather small proportions. The upper part with two doors opening up to a shelved interior, the lower fall front desk fitted with small compartments an...
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Antique Late 18th Century English George III Secretaires

Materials

Brass

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George Iii Mahogany Secretary For Sale on 1stDibs

Find many varieties of an authentic george iii mahogany secretary available at 1stDibs. A george iii mahogany secretary — often made from wood, mahogany and glass — can elevate any home. If you’re shopping for a george iii mahogany secretary, we have 94 options in-stock, while there are 1 modern editions to choose from as well. Your living room may not be complete without a george iii mahogany secretary — find older editions for sale from the 18th Century and newer versions made as recently as the 21st Century. A george iii mahogany secretary, designed in the Georgian style, is generally a popular piece of furniture. Councill each produced at least one beautiful george iii mahogany secretary that is worth considering.

How Much is a George Iii Mahogany Secretary?

A george iii mahogany secretary can differ in price owing to various characteristics — the average selling price 1stDibs is $8,750, while the lowest priced sells for $2,245 and the highest can go for as much as $70,000.

Finding the Right Secretaires for You

Your antique, new or vintage secretary desk has become the (chic) saving grace of the "new normal" at home.

Simply put, a secretary desk is a multifunctional piece of furniture with a hinged writing surface that folds open or drops down. When the leaf is folded out, small inner storage compartments — pigeonholes, cubbies, recesses or drawers — are revealed.

Traditionally, a secretary is composed of two parts — a chest of drawers on the bottom and a cabinet with shelves on the top. Taking its name from the French word for the piece, secrétaire, the secretary desk dates back to the 18th century, when Paris-based cabinetmaker Jean-François Oeben, known for his exquisite marquetry and clever mechanical desks, is thought to have invented the secrétaire à abbattant, or drop-leaf desk.

While the defining drop-down feature of the secretary desk has remained constant, the materials used, as well as its configuration, size and style have evolved over time.

At first, secretaries were typically made from exotic woods, like rosewood, tulipwood and kingwood; later, hardwoods like cherry, maple, oak and mahogany were more common. The desks also became lighter, with space carved out of the lower half for the writer’s feet or with drawers replaced by legs — making them more table-like.

When open, the secretary is a dynamic, versatile Wunderkammer. When closed, it’s a sophisticated, space-saving piece of furniture.

“A fine secretary with a good provenance adds stature and credence to its owner — it is a cornerstone piece,” says antiques dealer Stanley Weiss, who specializes in 18th- and 19th-century English and American furniture. “In this disposable world, fine furniture is always passed on and speaks to who its owner is.”

No matter what style or period you choose, and no matter how you decide to use it, the timeless, flexible secretary desk is bound to become an indispensable part of your daily routine.

Browse a range of antique and vintage secretary desks on 1stDibs, including mid-century modern secretaires, Georgian secretaires and others.