Item of The Week - Oak and EPNS Mounted Writing Slope c.1902

With it having been 'National Writing Day' this week we've been taking a look at all of the wonderful Antique Writing Tables and Antique Desks we have on and considered honouring one of them in our 'Item of The Week' blog, but there were just so many to choose from, so we've decided to go for something smaller, but certainly no less impressive, and still very much in keeping with 'National Writing Day.' Here we bring you an Oak Writing Slope dating from the early 20th Century.

This is a lovely example of what would have been a very personal item to someone once upon a time. Writing slopes have been in use for centuries and one of the great appeals with them was that they could be folded up and taken with you wherever you may go. This is one of the reasons why they are mostly constructed from hard wearing materials and very often have protective brass mounted corners, as they were built to withstand transportation and lots of use. Not only were they used as a very practical writing surface, but they almost acted as a portable workstation where you were able to keep all of your important documents, papers and stationary etc together, and transport them securely and safely.   

This particular writing slope is constructed from Oak and is slightly taller in size than your average writing slope, which is owing to the fact that it houses several compartments to keep paperwork and also boasts 3 drawers that sit one on top of another alongside the paper compartments. The hinged writing slope itself is covered nicely by a Moroccan burgundy leather insert, whilst the underside of the lid, also cladded in leather, displays 6 apertures for holding pens and pencils; so much space and practicality in one little box!

Dating from 1902, this writing slope is finished off nicely with Electro Plated Nickel Silver escutcheon gothic style handles to either side and has a lock at the front of the drop-down slope, and it also has a presentation plaque to the top.

A sophisticated and understated addition to your workspace, this Writing slope is for sale from Georgian Antiques for £500


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