Offered by: Smith & Robinson
By Appointment,West London London SW6 , England Call Seller 00447770453597


Antique Early 20th Century Desk Set by Thornhill & Co London Circa 1910

$ 4,950
  • Description
    Travel back in time with this impressive antique desk set by Thornhill & Co, London, dating back to circa 1910.

    Crafted with care and wrapped in rugged Nile crocodile skin, this set exudes an air of timeless luxury and sophistication.

    The set consists of two beautifully matched pieces—a stylish stationery box and an elegant desk pad, both adorned with the well-matched crocodile skins. Opening the box reveals thoughtfully designed sections to keep your letters and papers organized, showcasing the meticulous craftsmanship of Thornhill & Co.

    The desk pad, a classic treasure, once held blotting paper and bears the maker's mark on the box's leading edge, a sign of authenticity.

    The set also comes with the original keys, adding to its historical charm.

    Measures: Blotter W 10 1/2” x L 13” x H 1 1/4”
    Box W 10” x H (at back) 8” x D 6”

    Further reading:
    The company of Thornhill can be traced back to a cutler named Joseph Gibbs in 1734 based at 137 Bond street in London.By 1772 the business was in the hands of his son James Gibbs & in 1800 was renamed as Gibbs & Lewis by 1805 the business was being run by John James Thornhill & John Morley under the name of Morley & Thornhill, this partnership was dissolved in 1823 & finally became John James Thornhill & Co.
    John James Thornhill died in 1848 whereby his son Walter took over the business to be known as Walter Thornhill. Walter broadened the expertise as cutlers & silversmiths by the manufacture of dressing cases, writing boxes & other luxury pieces & winning a prize medal at the international Exposition of 1855 in Paris Thornhill had already Received Royal warrants from Queen Victoria, & the Princess of Wales.
     By 1875 & trading as Walter. Thornhill & Co & incorporated  his son Hubert Thornhill and friend Albert Barker. Their premises expanded to 145 New Bond Street in 1878. Albert Barker left the business in 1885, and by 1895, it became a limited liability company, opening a new premises at 9 High Street, Kensington, London.
    Though the business was wound up in 1905, it remained trading under the name of W. Thornhill & Co. until 1912.
  • More Information
    Documentation: Signed
    Origin: England
    Period: 1900-1919
    Materials: Crocodile leather
    Condition: Good. Very good condition, consistent with age and minor use.
    Creation Date: Circa 1910
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Patterns: Animal/Insects, Textured, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 660724
  • Dimensions
    W. 13 in; H. 10 in; D. 10 in;
    W. 33.02 cm; H. 25.4 cm; D. 25.4 cm;
Message from Seller:

London based & specialising in rare & wonderful objects aimed at the collectors & designers market, our luxury decorative antiques have been carefully selected for their natural fine condition and beauty, ensuring they hold their value as excellent investment pieces. Our collections include a broad range of styles with items from the 18th century onwards. Focusing on materials including antique sterling silver, glass, antique shagreen & tortoiseshell. Email us:

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