small and compact by nature, rose to their height of popularity
during Victorian times. Their adaptation into discrete housings
for sewing machines proved inevitable.
The term 'davenport' seems to have been coined as early as the
1790's, following orders at "Gillows" for writing
desks by a Captain Davenport.
Early Regency period models are quite severe in style. It was
during the Victorian era that generous, highly carved examples
Many 19th century sewing machine manufacturers specially adapted
these desks for their domestic machines.
Today, sewing machine collectors value good quality specimens
and middle photos -
This splendid davenport, finished in figured walnut, houses
a Bradbury Belgravia machine - circa 1860/70.
This early 1860's mahogany example was specifically patented
for housing sewing machines. (patent details elsewhere on site).