Many people are finding they are using, or creating, their home offices more than ever; we’ve seen a rise in working from home which begs the question: is your desk ready? They could be the simplest of things, yet these truly impressive accessories could give your traditional office desk that WOW factor.

1. Inkwells and Inkstands

When I think of an inkstand, it often brings to mind a stunning white feather being flourished as a pen with a pot of ink sat adjacent to you. Just like in Harry Potter, they truly are magical. An inkstand is a stand or tray, whilst an inkwell is a small jar containing the ink where the user can dip their brush, quill or pen. We are now in the age of computers and mobiles; it’s not often one transmits a message using the written word. However our inkwell history tells us that centuries of human communications have been conducted through the use of the quill and inkwell. They could often be used as a centrepiece in their own right with the varied stunning designs available. This magnificent inkwell is designed in the form of a water lily; it features a lizard on the side too. The details are magnificent, ornamented with subtle water texture. Not only are they stunning but make your desk very organised as you can store writing instruments and they have secure lids to prevent spillages for travellers.

2. Desk Clock and Desk Calendars

Often when working you can lose track of time, or the day itself. Why not get a stunning desk calendar and clock? A desk clock often looks like a miniature clock and are known to resemble a pocket watch mounted on a box of silver or gold. Desk clocks were made frequently during the latter half of the 1800s. When it comes to desk calendars, AC Silver has an impressive and unusual antique Sterling Silver desk calendar that is modeled in the silhouette of a camel. The panels bear the month names flanked with the total number of days, and the smaller cards feature a calendar grid numbered 1 to 31, with the 1st of the month starting on variable days. Made in 1921 this is an antique desk calendar with a unique theme.

3. Photo Frame

What gets you motivated to sit through work when you’ve got hundreds of emails to get through? The faces of the people you love, your pet or favorite holiday destination may take pride of place on your desk to make you smile. How wonderful and smart would they look in a fine, antique photo frame? Photo frames aren’t a new idea though. Since the Greeks and Egyptians photo frames have been known. The earliest example being crafted from wood. A great thing about photo frames is they can be matched with your interior décor so no matter what your style you will find the perfect frame to hold your memories. Many are decorative pieces in themselves with the variety of styles available. They can come in sets or as travelling compacts to take with you on a trip away without having to pack up your whole desk. They are now common in many houses and a desk is the perfect spot for a photo frame to add warmth to your home office space.

4. Paper Weight

Imagine it’s Summer, so you’ve got the window open and suddenly the breeze messes up all those letters, folders, invoices and so on you had neatly piled in order of importance. The paper weight does exactly as advertised – weights the paper down to prevent this kind of inconvenience. They existed early in the 19th century and managed to be both a functional item and a decorative piece due to the unlimited range of potential designs. A paperweight could be anything provided it’s made heavy enough. Traditionally they are made using glass.

This stunning Mappin & Webb Ltd paperweight can also be used as a letter clip. The surface of the clip features a log with a bear whilst the weighted base retains the original leatherette covering on the underside.

5. Ashtray

Ashtrays are stunning collectors’ pieces therefore even if you’re not a smoker that doesn’t mean an antique ashtray won’t look good on your desk. It is unclear who invented the ashtray as people have smoked for generations and multiple people will have had the same need for them. However, there is a story that suggests that King Henry V received cigars as a gift from Spain and to contain the ash and stubs, subsequently an ash tray was invented in some form. For non-smokers however, they make excellent storage dishes for things like mints or sweets. Furthermore, they even could be used for stationery like paperclips. These are essentially stunning decorative ornaments if you are or aren’t a smoker. If you’re looking to add a vintage theme to your décor, they are an excellent ornamental option. This ash tray made by Hukin & Heath Ltd is also a table lighter.

Whether you’ve been working from home, at the office or are looking for some excellent antique pieces, these desk accessories will add a stunning vintage element to your workspace as well as being useful and rich in history. Browse the AC Silver website for some more impressive office ornaments as these are just a few.

Written by

Amber Cowan

In addition to being an avid dancer since the age of 7 Amber has always had a passion for reading and writing and studied English Language, Drama and Media at A level. Her studies led her to pursuing a career in the digital marketing industry which led to her joining the team at AC Silver on an apprenticeship in 2021