19th Century English Writing Desk. .C 1860
This is a wonderful box with a beautiful patina of burr walnut accented with dark inlay, and stringing using lighter color walnut on the slope of the box. Two large ink wells sit on the platform which also holds a brass handle to move the box about. A very nice black moulding forms a spectacular base upon which the writing slope sits. The vacant cartouche is set in the middle of the slope which lifts easily.
When lifted, the slopping lid opens to showing a beautiful purple velvet writing surface, which surround by gold gilt, and framed with a 1 inch boarder of burr walnut. The velvet writing surface is original to the box. The top flap opens, as shown in the photos, revealing a secret and hidden full sized drawer, which pulls out. The drawer is of burr walnut, and measures 11 1/4 inches wide and 2 1/2 inches deep, and 3/4 inch deep. In addition to the hidden drawer, there a generous compartment under this lid, as well as the bottom flap, each of which can be used for storage. There is a brass marker which can be used to lock the bottom flap.
The box measures 13 inches wide (add 3/8 inch for the moulding at the base of the writing desk), 10 13/16 inches deep, 3 1/4 inches high at the front, and 5 inches high at the back of the box.
This is a beautiful English writing desk that sits on any table .