This desk is made of lighter wood and was not fixed to the floor. The teacher's desk was a tall wooden podium at the front of the class, with a high chair so that he or she could tower threateningly above the pupils and see all the way to the back of the class.
This is a single desk, designed to seat one child. The desk could be on its own or grouped with other desks. This is a 20th century school desk, similar in design to the desks of a Victorian classroom.
Desks had inkwells or slits to hold slates. Desks could be ordered in any length. Sometimes the seats would flip up to create more space and make it easier to move in and out of the desks.
Height:70cm Width:56cm, in the Victorian schoolroom scene, there are single desks with seats on the left which are similar to this desk. The desks on the right hand side are simpler, with long benches and flat surfaces to write on.
Children dipped the nib of the pen in the inkwell and wrote in their exercise books. A groove runs alongside the inkwell and held pencils and pens in place. The desk has a sloping surface to make it comfortable for writing.
Flip-up seats were useful because the children had to stand up a lot in the course of a school day. They stood up whenever the teacher came into the class, as a sign of respect, and they stood up to answer questions.
Sometimes the teacher's desk had a cupboard to store books. Height:70cm Width:56cm, this school desk and chair are joined together. There are two panels of wood on either side of the chair, and two panels of wood on either side of the desk.
The desk has a sloping surface to make it comfortable for writing. The lid lifts to reveal a large space inside for keeping textbooks, exercise books and pencil cases and other equipment.