A rather nice small late Victorian mahogany veneered writing slope, with silver plated screw topped inkwell and original lock and key, circa 1890.
The top has a central oval brass vacant cartouche, which matches the escutcheon. The top opens to reveal the writing slope which has been fitted with a new black leather skiver, with blind and gold tooling. Quite conveniently, the size of the skiver is the same as an A4 sized piece of paper, although I don't think the Victorians were aware of this when originally manufactured, as these paper sizes weren't actually invented until 1922. At the top end, there is a central pen tray with removable pen tilt. In the left hand corner is a nib tray, and in the right, the inkwell. Both writing slope flaps lift to access storage areas beneath and the base has been fitted with a virtually identical green hessian.It has been cleaned, re-waxed and polished, and there have been a few veneer repairs to the underside of the flaps. It is again is excellent presentable condition and will naturally inspire you to write your love letters!Measurements: just under 30 cm wide, 21 cm deep and 14 cm high.
Late Victorian, small Writing Slope with Inkwell and Key