A very appealing, top quality, early Victorian rosewood veneered writing slope with original brass topped inkwells, secret drawer and original lock with a new key adapted to work.
The top has a central vacant brass flower shaped cartouche set within highly figured rosewood which has been framed with brass inlaid stringing and brass wheel shaped decoration in the corners. Around the perimeter, rosewood veneer has been inlaid in a pattern to form a border. This has all been replicated to the front. There is a flush mounted brass carrying handle on each side. The top opens to reveal the writing slope which has been given a new red leather skiver with gold Grecian Key pattern tooling. At the top end of the slope, there is a central pen tray with lift out lid. To the right of this is a pen tray and the inkwells are housed in each corner. Both writing slope flaps lift up in order to access storage areas beneath. On the lower one , there the original criss cross arrangement of ribbon for holding notes, business cards etc. The inkwell tops fit on via corks, which have been renewed. The secret drawer in very unusual and I discovered it by accident, never having seen one like this before; by pulling up the dividing section between the pen tray and the nib tray, a small spring loaded mahogany drawer shoots out. Unfortunately, when I discovered it, there wasn't a gold sovereign inside! The base has been given a new green baize lining.
Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. Has been carefully restored and is again in excellent presentable condition.
Measurements: 40 cm wide, 24 cm deep, and 13.4 cm high.

Early Victorian Writing Slope with Inkwells, Secret Drawer & Key, c 1840

  • Cleaned and restored (where necessary) to a high presentable standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. 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.