Georgian mahogany writing box lectern. Circa 1800
Mahogany writing box lectern
An interesting and unusual Georgian mahogany writing slope with the the original key and a brass supporting arm and removable rest that allows you to prop the top at an angle in order to support a book
The top lifts to reveal a leather skiver with gold and blind tooling, that is a sympathetic replacement. At the top end is a central pen tray, a nib tray another lidded compartment, and in each corner is the glass inkwells with brass screw tops. The two writing slope flaps lift up in order to access storage areas beneath and by removing a brass locking pin, you can pull open a long, rather ink stained drawer, situated on the right hand side. This has a brass drop handle that matches one on the other side which enables you to carry the box.
Under the lower flap is stored a mahogany timber section which has two brass pins that locate in two brass ferrules in the top (see photo) and form a back rest for placing a book after the lid has been elevated by means of a brass hinged stay that lifts up and locates in a brass slot. The box has quite a simplistic design which is rather appealing. It doesn't have a mass of brass corner and edging protection and flush handles, that became popular from the onset of the Napoleonic war in 1803, when items such as these were taken to war and therefore needed to be able to take the odd knock or three. It has been cleaned, re-waxed and polished. The mahogany is in very good shape without any shrinkage cracks and with a good patina.
Cleaned and restored to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time.
Measurements: 50cm wide, 25cm deep and 15cm high.