Writing boxes were used by civilians and military for centuries. Noted for their sturdy construction and portability, they could be found on military campaign and domestic and business travel. They graced tables and desks in libraries and writing rooms or could be found propped up on a person's lap, giving rise to the term "lap desk" in 18th century.
The construction of this desk fits the standard of a sloped writing surface comprised of two flaps which can be lifted to store paper, five compartments for storing pens, quills, ink and sand wells, and a side drawer. The box is bound with brass corners and bindings. The handles are inset. The open dimensions of the box are 20" x 21 1/2" with a front height of 1 1/2 " and a back height of 4 1/2 " creating a gentle slope. The lock is missing.
Materials: Mahogany, Brass
Dimensions: L 20" x W 10 1/2" x H 6"