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Leather Desktop & Writing Table Restoration

 

The Forgiving Surface of Leather Writing Tables

For centuries, leather has provided a uniquely tolerant surface on which to write, whilst enhancing the beauty of a wooden desktop. These types of desks were designed to make writing easier, with a supple leather desktop and often a decorative border embossed into the leather to enhance the elegance. Skiver leather is a high-quality leather which is traditionally used for antique writing tables. Leather desktops are still highly sought after today as they offer a very good writing surface.

However, just like other antique furniture leather writing tables cannot be expected to remain perfect over time and because of the suppleness of the material, leather desktops may also easily show any imperfections such as stains or other damage such as the layers beginning to seperate.

 

The Process of Leather Desktop Restoration

Leather writing surfaces are typically decorated with gilt as the suppleness of skiver allows it to accept the gold well. At Clive Payne, the finest hand-coloured leather hide and skivers are used enhanced by delicate gold leaf tooling using traditional tools and patterns.

To discuss leather desktop restoration for antique writing tables and desks, or any other aspect of an item of furniture that you might wish to bring back to its full glory please do not hesitate to contact me. All restoration work is done entirely by hand using traditional techniques.

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