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Item:132954210029Gatcombe Antiques A good mid-19th century brass bound walnut veneered writing slope with original silver plated topped inkwells, two secret drawers and original lock with working key, circa 1860. There is a central decorative brass cartouche with "Nellie" inscribed, an old name, still to make a come back! It is replicated in the escutcheon, The lock is original and an old key has been re-worked to form a replacement. The lock is quite unusual according to my locksmith, who got quite exited about it. The top opens to reveal the original black leather skiver with gold tooling. There has been a sympathetic central repair with black leather. The flaps individually open to access storage areas beneath. At the top end, there is a central pen tray, a nib tray to the right, and in each corner, the original inkwells. When the top flap is opened, the secret drawers can be accessed by lifting up the divider between the right inkwell and the nib tray. A timber section will then spring out, as if by magic, revealing the two mahogany drawers with tiny bone knobs. The writing slope has been carefully cleaned, re-waxed and polished. The walnut has a very good colour and really nice graining to the top. The base has been given a new green baize lining. Measurements: 40 cm wide, 24 cm deep and just under 17 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 CounterCondition:Excellent condition - please see appraisal, Style/ Period:Victorian, Product:Boxes, Age:1850-1899, Primary Material:Wood/ Woodenware, Sub-Type:Walnut, Product Sub-Type:Writing Boxes/ Slopes, Original/Repro:Original
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Mid 19th-Century Walnut Writing Slope with Inkwell, Key & Hidden Drawers, c 1860