Quality 19th Century Military Campaign Camphor Wood Roll Top Writing Slope
REF: 2465 / LA79270
This extremely good quality Chinese export camphorwood metamorphic writing slope / lap desk was made for sea captains and military field officers for use on a campaign. Constructed of solid camphor wood being brass bound to all edges with brass military carrying handles the lower drawer opens which activates the tambour roll top to slide back revealing a lift up fitted interior with tambour sliding doors. These doors open to a pigeon hole interior with locking door which opens to a small drawer inside. To the top there are lidded compartments and an original recessed pull out mirror. The ebony strung writing slope, which has a central brass cartouche, opens to reveal a later black leather tooled writing surface which lifts forwards at the rear to reveal a storage area with a very special secret hiding place which when using a fine nail releases a brass spring to access three drawers behind the removable panel. Both the drawer and the locking door to the pop up section have working keys and the whole piece is in excellent condition having been restored using traditional methods. The fall is not warped and all joints are sound which is rare for an item this which would have been on so many travels with changes in heat and atmospheres. An exceptional good quality Military lap desk / writing slope with a variety of different actions in excellent condition with a lovely warm camphor wood colour.
Loveday Antiques has clarified that the Quality 19th Century Military Campaign Camphor Wood Roll Top Writing Slope (LA79270) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1850
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