Superb antique Victorian brass-bound mahogany writing slope, mid 19th Century

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Seller: 123torr (815) 100%, Location: Tunbridge Wells, Ships to: GB, Item: 202703949663 Superb antique Victorian brass-bound mahogany writing slope in excellent condition, mid 19th Century. All brass corner mounts and fittings are present and undamaged. Bramah lock with a crown above 'VR Patent' stamped on the top. The key is missing. The top opens to reveal a slope inset with the original gilded and blind stamped burgandy leather. The gilding is particularly fine. Both cut glass ink bottles are present and undamaged, and have the name G Riddle stamped on their green painted and gilt brass lids. A single one of these rare brass ink bottles sold on ebay for £90 in December 2018. Size: 18 inches wide x 10 1/2 inches deep x 6 1/4 inches high (46 x 26.5 x 16 cm) Condition: The writing slope is in lovely condition. There are a couple of small shrinkage cracks on the top (see photograph) but apart from these it is a remarkable survivor given it is 150 plus years old. Manufacturer: G. Riddle is for Gabriel Riddle, who had a workshop at 172 Blackfriars Road, London. He is best known for inventing the mechanical pencil in partnership with Samuel Mordan. The partnership dissolved in 1837 and by 1841 Gabriel Riddle is recorded as a 'Manufacturer of superior articles including pens, pencils, ink holders, and locks on the Bramah and Barron patent principle'. He developed a number of patents including the 'Hemisperical Stoppered Bottles', 'Five & Seven Guarded Locks', 'Universal Penholder', and the 'Revolving Top Inkstand among others. Style/ Period: Victorian, Product: Boxes, Age: 1800-1849, Primary Material: Wood/ Woodenware, Sub-Type: Mahogany, Product Sub-Type: Writing Boxes/ Slopes, Original/Repro: Original

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