A Davenport Desk is a type of small writing desk with a slanted top that opens to reveal a storage compartment beneath. It usually features drawers or pigeonholes on one side and writing space on the other. The Davenport Desk originated in the 19th century and was named after a captain from Boston, Captain Davenport, who first commissioned these desks to be used on his ships. It is a compact and portable desk that combines functionality with elegance and is designed for writing and organizing paperwork. A small writing desk. There are drawers that pull out sideways, and a lift lid, with or without gallery.