This style desk was popular in the late 19th century and early 20th century before being replaced by steel desks. Increased paper flow in the office also made the small compartments obsolete being replaced by the modern filing cabinet.
Original roll top desk have become collector’s items and are often found in antique stores. They vary in price from $1,500 to several thousand dollars. Their new-found popularity has seen the production of new roll top desks. New solid wood, Amish-made roll top desks can cost up to $7,500 with the average around $3,500.