An appealing Victorian burr walnut writing slope with a double hinged design that unfolds to reveal the writing slope, covered with a new black leather skiver with gold tooling, an exact replication of the old worn one.There is a central shield shaped mother of pearl cartouche set with the burr walnut veneered top, matching the escutcheon to the front. The lock and key are original. The key is a little stiff, but still works well. The top opens, accessing a storage area with a central pen tray with a lift off lid, a nib/stamp tray to the right, and the original brass topped inkwell to the left, although the top has been polished so much, that the copper underneath is showing. It however goes very nicely with the vivid plum coloured, gathered silk lining of the interior of the lid. There is a second brass hinged section that can then be unfolded, which allows the writing slope to be accessed. The base has been given a new green hessian lining.Cleaned, re-waxed and polished, and in excellent condition with good colour and patination to the burr walnut.Measurements: 30 cm wide, 22.5 cm deep and just over 14 cm high.
A Victorian Burr Walnut Writing Slope with Inkwell and Key, circa 1870
Cleaned and restored (where necessary) to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. You can occasionally use a spray furniture polish that contains bees wax, which will maintain its satin sheen. Please don’t use a silicone spray as this could be detrimental to the waxed surface.