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Antique French Desk Blotter, Folio, Fine Gold Embossed Leather, c.1800s
I'm always captivated by the old ledgers, folios, business cases and valise of 1800s and earlier, and of anything to do with the act of writing. We've been featured in books and magazines, showing our antique inkwells, (many other things) and lately I've been 'binging' on the old leather folios and items like this wonderful gold-embossed leather blotter cover. Such a beautiful desktop item, it would have once held stationery and also loose blotter papers for the writer. We can't know if it was an accountant's folio, that of a diplomat - a military officer or attache, but we can see that it came from a very elegant source, purveyor in 19th century Paris. Note the printed label that still is affixed to the interior. You might enjoy doing your own research on this one. It's part of the fun. We'll just back away and let you enjoy it via our photos. NOTE: if you love this type of item, I'll advise you to visit the Musée de l'Histoire de France (Hotel de Soublise), and in particular, the room at the back filled with trunks, folios, old records books and items like this one.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. It is in fine condition and makes me swear I'll fill it with burin-engraved printed stationery and begin writing elegant letters to friends. Alas, I know I'm down to just email. But someone will surely enjoy this as their own or as a gift for their favorite letter writer. Isn't it gorgeous! Large at 10.75" x 8.75", an inch thick at the spine - it will hold normal paper sizes just fine, and lots of them.
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