We are offering a wonderful homemade lap desk with a carved folk art design on the lid. It measures 13.5 inches wide, 9.5 inches deep, and 3.625 inches high when closed. This lap desk is stunning on the outside but needs work on the inside. The piece has a wonderful carved leaf design set into an oval field that appears on both the outside of the flip-down writing surface lid and on the flip lid over the inkwell storage area. Across the top and all four sides there is a repeating incised diamond motif that includes stars made with a hammered die. Internally the original writing surface is still present and it is lined with original fabric. However, this part of the box needs some repair work. The condition of the fabric and the writing surface is very poor. The interior wooden surface does not fit properly and the fabric is worn, badly stained and torn. You can either remove the existing fabric and replace it, or possibly consider completely removing the writing surface (which is what we would do). Removing the interior writing surface would easily convert this wonderful item into a desk top storage box for stationary, stamps, pencils, or whatever. The hinges on the flip top look like they might be modern replacements. The drop down lid on the writing surface is slightly warped and the hinges look to be original but are slightly bent and have replacement hinge-pins that somebody made from old brads. A lock is inserted into the upper right back side of the box. It was intended to lock the storage lid down. However, the lock catch was never installed by whomever made this box in the first place. The underside of the box is covered with a glued piece of ragged felt. The box is made from carved pine that was stained to a walnut finish and then top-coated with varnish. If you are looking for a pristine lap desk, then this piece is not for you. If you want a wonderful piece of carved folk art for display that has lots of use potential, then this is an item you cannot afford to pass up. Look closely at the great carvings on the two lids. It is wonderfully executed and elevates this box to something very special. Overall, this piece shows its age honestly and is still solid with lots of life left in it. You will not be disappointed.
You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition within 5 days. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. We will not be able to ship this item to international customers.