This large travel desk is walnut with brass decoration. There is a brass design in the middle of the lid with an inscription. The inscription reads, " To Mr. John Hardie by fellow employees Mess. Eel(?) Turnbull & Co. on His Leaving, Glasgow, May 1864." This was an engineering firm in Glasgow during this time. The brass design is repeated on the lock escutcheon. There are brass corner caps and stringing. A black border and inlay addes to the decoration. There is a lock, but no key. The lock has been removed but in in the box. The original hinges are intact. One of the hinges was broken and has been repaired. The inside of the box still has its original desk top with black leather. The leather hinge for the writing surfaces was split. Black tape has been added to hold the top board in place. There is a pen tray (including several pen points) and compartments for ink bottles. One ink bottle is included. At one time there were secret drawers under the front compartments. These are no longer secret for the board and mechanism for concealing the drawers is no longer there. Two of the drawers are still included. The tabs which turn to hold the top board are loose, but do work. The box measures 18" x 9 3/4" x 6". It weighs nearly 8 lbs. There are condition problems. The finish on the outside has scratches and stains. Part of the brass stringing is missing. There is a small gag in closing properly.
Large 1864 Presentation Writing Box, Lap Desk