Richards’ Secretary Trunk

You might say I’ve been pretty into desks lately. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a desk/table made from a vintage door over on ManMade, and while I like to change things up, I couldn’t resist sharing my latest find. Of all the various travel accessories I’ve come across, never before have I seen a portable desk.


First a little background: A globe trotter in the early 1900′s by the name of Tom Richards had an exquisitely-crafted steamer trunk made for himself, however this trunk, when opened up, was actually a small desk. Richards must not have stayed at hotels with desks in the rooms I presume. The trunk eventually made its way to a European antiques market and later to the workshop of Timothy Oulton. He dismantled the well-travelled trunk, removing and measuring every single pin and hinge, and created a line of bespoke replicas that can now be purchased from Restoration Hardware.




While I probably won’t be buying one anytime soon (it’s a tad bit out of my price range), the trunk desk, which has been given the name Richard’s Secretary Trunk, can be purchased for $4,495.

One Response to “Richards’ Secretary Trunk”

  1. I love this secretary. I also love desk’s and have a post about it.

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