This style of portable desk became popular during late Regency - early Victorian times. The top is not flat and stackable, so this example would not be considered good for travel but excellent for a small table or on the lap. It is of rosewood with a foliate brass band around the edges of the top, at the keyhole and around the cartouche on the other half of the lid. It opens in two sections, one narrow and one wide to reveal a deep green leather writing slope with gold tooled border. There are two compartments for the inkwells which include their two original brass-topped glass inkwells - the brass-topped lids screw and unscrew satisfactorily. There is a lift-top lid between them for small items and in front of this is a curved rocking section for a pen and pencil and storage beneath and two additional compartments on either side which are not lidded. The desk opens with a leather tab to reveal a storage compartment and there are three tiny little drawers underneath for storage of small items. The box has its original working key and is very good for age with minimal signs of wear at the edges and corners. The lining of the base is partly missing and loose but could be re-glued or removed. This is an excellent example of this style of writing slope of the 19th century and would grace any collection or would be lovely to use. 10 ins (25cm) x 3.5 ins (9cm) x 14 ins (35.5cm). Weight 2112 grams. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 367.
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