This is a truly spectacular Sea Captain's Lap Desk made of rosewood and outfitted with brass mounts and dovetails. What makes this desk so special is the nameplate on the top bearing the name of the captain of the ship ... John Ilsley and the date October 26, 1895. What fun one could have tracking down the history of Captain Ilsley! The interior is fitted with all original parts including the original leather writing surfaces. The pictures speak for themselves ... be sure to scroll through all of the detailed images provided. This is a fabulous piece of history from a bygone era. The desk measures 19-3/4" wide x 10" deep x 7" high closed; 19-3/4" x 20-1/2" when open flat. (Note ... key pictured is not original but does turn the lock mechanism)
*Writing boxes became very popular during the last part of the 18th century. The writing box or desk became titled the "lap desk" because the box was used on a table or on a lap. The socio-economic conditions in England during the last part of the 18th century made the lap desk very popular and useful. This was a time of expanded communication and increased commercial activity. The Sea Captain's Desk was unique ... it is the only desk that had such a complex design. The Sea Captain's witing box had secret compartments and drawers inside. The large brass straps and corners are also a design feature of the Sea Captain's lap desk.
Price: $995 includes delivery within Continental U.S.
Brass straps and corner mounts:
Cover over secret compartments partially open:
Secret drawers with cover removed:
Pencil tray cover removed from center and secret drawers shown open:
Close-up of secret drawer front:
Pulling up on this partition releases the secret drawer cover:
Mechanism that operates secret drawers:
Brass flip locks that hold writing trays secure:
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