19c Military-Style Writing Desk Made of Figured Mahogany
This is a beautiful 19th Century antique English writing desk and slope made of figured mahogany with brass reinforced edges, a brass escutcheon and vacant cartouche. Although this is called a military style box, both traveling civilians and army officers of the era needed a compact and strong writing boxes that could handle rough travel in the 18th and 19th Centuries----thus we see heavy brass corners and edges. The brass is in good condition. Within the brass edges, there is brass stringing around the lid and the front of the box.
The figured mahogany is in good condition. There are two grades of mahogany, plain and figure. Figure is produced in mahogany by the interlocking and interlacing of the wood fibres. The play of light on the mahogany from different angles is known as figure. This box is a nice example of figured mahogany.
There are hairlines on the wood that appear to be natural to the mahogany timber, except for the one that is just the left of center. There is also a small compression mark on the front left of the box.
In the open position, this writing desk has space for an ink well, pens and quills on the top part of the slope.
There are two writing flaps which open to beautifully polished storage spaces for paper and other writing materials. Under the upper writing flap you will see two "secret" drawers, 6 9/16" wide, which are located behind the piece of wood which unhinges when you lift one of the slats in the space for pens on the top part of the box.
The box measures 15 3/4" wide, 10" deep, and 7" high. A key is provided to lock the upper flap inside the box.
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