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Tambour / Roll Top Ladies Walnut Lap Desk 19th Century
We are offering a wonderful diminutive ladies lap desk with a roll top, or tambour, dating from the mid-to-late 19th Century and is similar to the classic sea captain’s roll top lap desks used on clipper ships making the Hong Kong to San Francisco run. It has been down-sized for the discriminating lady and measures 13 inches wide, 9 ½ inches deep, and 5 5/8 inches high when closed. When opened, it provides a writing surface that measures 11 ½ inches by 12 ½ inches. The drawer is fitted with a lock and key. The key does not appear to be original to the lock but it does operate the lock. The key also functions as a knob to help pull open the drawer. When the drawer is pulled open it retracts the tambour above revealing the inner storage space and allows the writing surface to be opened up. The fabric on the writing surface is definitely original. While you might want to replace it with a new covering, it is most definitely usable as it is. There is a crack in the wood molding at the bottom of the drawer front. There is also a sliver of wood missing on one of the tambours. A floral decal is centered on the fold down writing surface and another decal is on the top of the gallery. The surface is varnished. We have cleaned it up and applied a thin coat of protective conservator's wax to help bring out the color and grain of the wood. The wood used in construction is walnut with secondary wood appearing to be pine. The tambour works smoothly. Overall, the desk is in better than average condition but it does have the normal blemishes that are consistent with gentle use.
While tambour lap desks appear occasionally on the internet, they are seldom in this nice condition, nor are they of such a wonderful diminutive and useful size. You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition in a timely fashion. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges.
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Ken and Joan Drews, Phoenix, MD
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