Regency Period Rosewood Lap Desk, Mother of Pearl, C. 1825
This is a wonderful Regency/Early Victorian writing slope with mother-of -pearl foliate inlays and pewter stringing. The cartouche is engraved 'Mary.' As you look at the closed and open views of this writing slope, you should know that this style of portable desk became popular at this time.
The top is not flat, and some say they were not suitable for travel, but other indicate that because of their size, they would indeed be able to a travel item. The writing slope measures 14 inches wide, 9 3/4 inches deep, and 3 5/8 inches high at the flat part of the slope. When you open the slope, it open to two sections, one narrow and other wide. The narrow section opens fully and forms a level surface extending out from the pen tray and covered compartment, as well the ink bottles and slanted small compartments. The wider section has its original green velvet writing surfaces with gold gilt decoration.
The crisscross tapes to the rear of the upper fall have been replaced as have the ink bottles. At the cartouche there is a key with a working lock.
This is a classic writing slope of an earlier age, and great keepsake as a historical antique writing slope. C.1825
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