Louis C. Tiffany introduced Desk Sets at the Corona, NY factory in the late 1890s, and over the next twenty-five years more than twenty patterns were produced. A natural outgrowth of the leaded glass and lamp base business, they were conceived as decorative items for customers wishing to accessorize their writing desks. While some of the patterns are embellished with gemstones and intricate metalwork, others are simple in design and execution.
Each set was comprised of numerous items, with some patterns having a more extensive selection than others. A basic set was considered to have six pieces, which would include a letter or paper rack, blotter ends or corners, an ink stand, and three addtional items. Desk items are usually stamped TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK with a model number, although some of the early pieces bear the stamp from the Tiffany Furnaces factory.