A grand writing cabinet made from rich Cognac coloured Burr Walnut with a rich toffee colour which only comes from age. The knotty burl or Walnut is always highly sought-after and one of my very favourite timbers.
This has to be of the finest quality cabinets I have had in many years, the quality evident on the interior with all of the polished brass fittings beautifully engraved, making this one a joy to see when open. The compartment housing the ceramic writing slate is beautifully carved. The ceramic slate is original (couple of hairline cracks) with some old writing and dates remaining, so better kept than replaced.
Once opened, the fully fitted interior is revealed. The door interior on the left is for notes and business cards and the framed slate on the opposite door for writing notes etc. The slate is held within a fabulous fretwork walnut holder, another sign of the superior quality of this box.
There are two original period inkwells which look almost unused, with brass screw tops. They sit either side of the removable pen tray with space underneath for keeping pens, nibs and the like. There are various sections to store stationery.
There are three compartments at the top which hold the calendar cards, one for the day, one for the date and one for the month. All of the cards are present, ready for the next 130 years of use.
Above the calendar is a push button which releases the sprung drawer at the bottom of the cabinet with it's flush brass campaign style handle, which is in fact a writing slope or lap desk with another removable rocking pen tray to the back running the width. The leather skiver is a quality replacement with gold embossed tooling and surrounded by slips made from Coromandel. The top section lifts to reveal a storage compartment for papers etc.
A beautiful and useful desk-top gem for the lady or gentleman. Excellent condition and of the finest quality measuring 16" x 11" x 16" tall at the rear. Please note: the stationery and dip pen are not included in the sale.