A good quality and interesting Victorian burr oak veneered writing slope with secret drawers, inkwell and working key.
The top has a central vacant brass cartouche, set within the burr oak, a quite unusual and appealing timber to use, on furniture generally. The top opens to reveal the writing slope, which has had a newly fitted antiqued green skiver with gold tooling. Both flaps are constructed from mahogany and lift up to access storage areas beneath. At the top end, there is a central pen tray with removable pen tilt. To the right there is a nib tray and to the left a stamp tray. On the far right corner is the brass screw topped inkwell that looks to be original. To the front, is a circular brass escutcheon with a gadrooned outer edge. The key is an old one which has been adapted to work in the original lock. The secret drawers are accessed by first lifting the top flap back, and then pulling the divider between the nib tray and the right inkwell, upwards. This releases a sprung timber section which in turn, reveals two small mahogany made drawers. When putting the timber section back in position, the divider needs to be pressed down, while pushing the timber back. The base has unusually been made from flamed mahogany. It has a couple of age related shrinkage cracks which have bee wax filled. On the underside, the green hessian lining has been replaced. There were a couple of interesting Victorian nib boxes, one containing two nibs, and also an antique envelope, in the writing slope. These obviously come with it (see photos).
Sympathetically cleaned, re-waxed and polished. In overall excellent condition.
Measurements: 40.5 cm wide, 23.7 cm deep and 14.3 cm high

Victorian Burr Oak Writing slope with Secret drawers, Inkwell & Key, circa 1860

  • 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. 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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