A very appealing Victorian burr walnut veneered, brass bound writing slope with ebonised edging, brass screw topped "Crown" inkwells and three hidden drawers.
The top has a central brass cartouche with the initials "T D", as far as I can make out - I have great difficulty in deciphering Old English scrolled letters, but they look nice! There is a matching brass escutcheon to the front. It has the original brass 3-lever lock but unfortunately the spring has gone in it, and so I was unable to create a working key. The top lifts to reveal the writing slope, which has been fitted with a virtually identical new black leather skiver, with gold tooling. Both writing slope flaps lift up, in order to access storage areas beneath. At the top end, there is a central pen tray with removable pen tilt, a nib tray to the right and a compartment to the left, which has a lid with a small brass knob. The inkwells reside in each corner. They are "Crown" inkwells but slightly different designs, and so only one is original, although they were both made at roughly the same period. To access the hidden drawers, you have to pull up the dividing section between the nib tray and the right hand side inkwell. This releases a sprung timber section, revealing the three small mahogany drawers, that have small turned bone knobs. The base has been fitted with a new green baize lining, so that your Sheraton sideboard doesn't get scratched.
There has been some minor restoration to the ebony edging in a couple of places. There is a small area on the front, left hand side of the top, which has bubbled up over the years, which quite often happens with burr walnut (see photos). It appears quite stable and so hasn't needed any retoration. Cleaned, re-waxed and polished, and is again in excellent presentable condition with a lovely burr walnut grain pattern, especially to the top.
Measurements: 45 cm wide, 25.5 cm deep and 18.8 cm high.

Mid-Victorian Burr Walnut Brass bound Writing Slope, Inkwells & Secret Drawers

  • 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.


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