Antique Mahogany Writing Slope
with Secret Drawers
A lovely antique writing slope made of solid mahogany with brass corners, brass escutcheon and matching brass cartouche. Inside, the box is fitted with a good quality dark blue leather writing surface with greek-key tooled edge. There is also a pen tray and two glass inkwells. Below the writing surface is a secret compartment hiding three small drawers which springs open when the pen tray pushes against the left hand piece of wood. There is also a side drawer with recessed military style handle which is released by lifting a small brass pin.
By repute, and documented on an old label inside the box "this portable desk or 'writing slops' was made in Edinburgh & belonged to Thomas Junior, writer to H.M.Exchequer 1780-1827. It cost 45/- when new in 1820"
It is in excellent condition for its age but we do not have a key. The brass has been lightly polished and it displays very well inside and out. There are no major damages to the wood exterior and the patination is beautiful. It is clean and tidy inside with just a small split to the lid of one compartment and a small repaired chip to the corner or the writing surface. There are some small knocks and minor signs of age and use but nothing that affects the overall appearance of the box.
Approximate Measurements (closed) :
Width : 20” (51cm)
Height : 6 1/2" (16cm)
Depth : 9 3/4" (25cm)
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