A fine Georgian solid Cuban mahogany, campaign writing slope with brass reinforced decoration to the corners and edges, two brass screw topped inkwells and the original lock and key.The top has a central vacant brass cartouche and to the front, there is a rectangular brass escutcheon with canted corners. When opened, the writing slope reveals its blue leather skiver with gold tooling, recently replaced. At the top end, the inkwells are situated in each corner, which is usually the case. What is unusual, is the central pen tray extends all the way between the two inkwells. It has an ebonised removable pen tilt, but can't be removed by the usual method of pressing down at one end for the other end to flip up. This one sits on two feet and I think the designed method of removing it is to push the key up, through a key shaped hole in the bottom of the ink tray, making it something of a secret compartment. However, this is quite awkward to do and so it's far easier just to remove the dividing piece of timber between the right inkwell and the pen tray, which slides out.Both writing slope flaps lift up for accessing storage areas underneath. With the top one lifted back, you can see that the inside has been divided into three open compartments. I should imagine this to be a bespoke request by the originl owner in order to meet with his personal requirements, as I have never seen this arrangement before. On each end is a lift up brass handle, and the base has been fitted with a new green baize lining.Cleaned, re-waxed and polished. In excellent presentable condition.Measurements: 42 cm wide, 28cm deep and 17.7 cm high.
Georgian Writing Slope with Brass decoration, Inkwells & Key, circa 1810
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.