This unique little box holds a secret inside! Hailing from England and created sometime around the year 1890, this is an antique writing slope made from walnut. Its original intended use was as a portable writing desk that people would take traveling. It would store all kinds of stationary and writing utensils. Sometimes, the box would have a secret compartment for storing valuables.
Antique Writing Slope
The outside of the box displays a lovely honey color and wispy walnut grain accented by brass bands on the top and front as well as ebony inlays. A brass rectangle plaque is inlaid on the top as well. Around the lock is another rectangle shaped inlay. The lock works and there is a key for it! Upon opening this antique writing slope a black leather writing surface is revealed. Both sides of the slope lift up to reveal storage. In the larger side lifting up the slope allows you to lift up on a fake panel and reveal the hidden drawers (see pictures). Such a hidden area is hard to find and really makes this an exciting piece!
Throughout the slope there is general wear in the form of minor marks and imperfections to the brass, finish, and wood. The only non-cosmetic mark is a small chip to the corner of one of the halves of the slope. The leather is no longer connected where the box is hinged and currently is connected by a strip of black tape. An age separation has occurred on the very bottom of the box as well. We feel this piece is in good overall condition as the exterior hinges are strong, it is structurally sound, and it looks good for being over 120 years old. Don’t miss your chance to own an actual antique writing slope with a secret compartment today!
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