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Writing Desk - Portable, Folding, circa 1827 Reg. No: ST 036930
- Alternative Name(s): Writing Case, Writing Slope, Travelling Desk
Portable folding wooden writing desk with key, made circa 1827. The top of the desk opens and folds down to make sloping writing surface and reveal storage compartment for pens, etc. There was a small glass inkwell with a silver lid found in the desk.
- Wooden box with brass corner fittings, plaque, handle, hinges and lock. Inside the box is a writing surface of wood covered in blue velvet. The surface can be folded in two places. Under each side of the writing surface is a compartment , probably originally used to store writing supplies. On the underside of one of the writing panels there are two thin ribbons of crisscrossed silk secured with brass tacks. There is a small glass bottle with a silver plated lid and a metal key in the box. In one compartment of the desk, under the larger panel covered with velvet, there is a piece of paper with handwriting in black ink. There is a small drawer inside the box on one side.
- Acquisition Information:
- Donation from Unknown, 1928
|Dimensions:||14.5 cm (Height), 23.2 cm (Width), 35 cm (Length)|
|Tagged with:||writing instruments, desks, written communications|
|Themes this item is part of:||Journeys of a Lifetime, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015, Information & Communication Collection|
|Inscriptions:||Marked on one flap: 'R GARDNER / 1827 GARDNER'|
|Date Made:||circa 1827|
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