19th Century Burr Walnut Brass Edged Writing Slope Box
This is a beautiful 19th century burr walnut brass edged writing slope, lap desk, giving the box strength and support if shipped or carried traveling. There is also inlaid brass stringing on the lid and the front of the box. There is a vacant brass cartouche on the lid, and brass at the key hole. The lock is made by Bramah, but we do not have the key.
The writing slope is fully fitted with an ink bottle and a pounce pot (a pot containing a fine powder which was used to dry ink or to make a rough writing surface smooth for writing. The pen tray is beautifully designed, and there are two further compartments for stamps and other accessories.
Opening the box reveals an upper and lower fall covered with black leather tooled with gold gilt. Beneath the upper fall are three secret drawers that accessed by lifting the far left compartment separator. This will release the wood bar, and three drawers can be pulled out from under the upper part of the box.
Note that the wood in each compartment beneath the falls is polished, which was characteristic of Victorian boxes.
The burr walnut if gorgeous. As the foundation for a box bound by brass, it provides a very appealing patina. The burr walnut is in very good condition, with no repairs or chips. The brass is also in nice condition. There are a few tiny nicks or scratches on the brass on the lid at the front. Does not take away from the character of the writing slope. The brass inlay is in good order---its all there---except for one small spot on the lid back right. It appears as if a tiny piece of brass has been inlaid as a repair. Again, its not really an impediment to the box.
The box measures 17 3/4 inches wide, 10 1/4 inches deep, and 6 3/4 inches high.
This is a good buy, and would be wonderful purchase for a gift, or as a box that you've been looking forward to finding.