Colonial American Mahogany "Travel Desk" with secondary Pine and Poplar woods. Desk was Found-In & Attributed to Pennsylvania 1770's to 1840 !!! Original Lid is Sprung Unevenly from wood warping from aging in a damp or moist area. Still a Great Historic Display Piece which shows normal Use & Travel with one small remaining wood sliver missing in upper left corner, dings, minute scratches, etc.
Full Length side Document Drawer has Dovetailed Corners, Hand Planed and Chamfered bottom board edges, with Early Beaded Edge on the Mahogany Front, which is also found at the Case Openings surrounding the Bread-Boarded Writing Surfaces. Rarely seen in American Desks is the "Brass Prop & Notch Plate", which seconds as a "Book Reading Cradle". Has an inlaid Fruit Wood Keyhole Escutcheon. It also retains it's rare early Home-Spun Canvas Bottom.
Restoration : I had a few Mahogany Veneers Professionally Repaired, Original Leather Writing surfaces has been re-glued & re-oiled, But the Lid is still Sprung Unevenly. Lays flat when fully opened, but you have to Pull the Lid forward & downward before Locking the lid with the Cast Iron key. (See the First & Second photos)
Measures : 19 inches Long, by 10 Deep by 8 inches High when closed. Measures 20 1/2 inches by 19 1/2 inches when fully opened. Full Length bottom Drawer measures 18 5/8 by 8 3/4 inches Wide.
Weight : 12 Pounds.
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