Late 18th Century Walnut Writing slope with Inkwells & Bramah Lock & Key, c 1795

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Seller: whatnotrousers (692) 100%, Location: Blakeney, Ships to: GB & many other countries, Item: 133053718724 Gatcombe Antiques A very appealing, quality Georgian burr walnut veneered writing slope, with brass screw topped inkwells and the original Bramah lock and key. The grain pattern of the burr walnut on every elevation is quite exceptional and is further enhanced by rounded brass edging. There is a central brass cartouche on the top, which opens to reveal the writing slope, having a red leather skiver with gold and blind tooling. The Bramah lock and key date the slope to being late 18th century by the markings. The company was set up in 1784 by Joseph Bramah who was a leading inventor during the industrial revolution. He created a lock that was reputedly imposible to pick. The interior of the writing slope is made from coromandel and the two flaps individually lift up to access strorage space beneath. The whole of these areas are veneered with quilted satin wood which again shows that no expense was spared during the construction of it. At the top end, there is a central pen and nib tray with a coromadel lid and either side of this, in each corner is an inkwell. It has been sympathetically cleaned, retaining its French polished finish, and has been give a coat of bees wax and a jolly good buffing. There is a small ding in the top, but the box is in remarkable condition for something well over 200 years old. Measurements: 30.5 cm wide, 23 cm deep and 13 cm high. Aftercare: Cleaned and restored to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. You can 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. Track Page Views With Auctiva's FREE Counter Condition: Excellent condition - please see appraisal, Style/ Period: Georgian, Product: Boxes, Age: Pre-1800, Sub-Type: Burr Walnut, Product Sub-Type: Writing Boxes/ Slopes, Original/Repro: Original

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