Traveling Desk, Circa 1890

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Circa 1890 Small wooden desk trunk. From France, this desk includes a ruler, 2 ink vessels and a red velvet interior.
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Measures 16" x 9.5" x 6" when closed and opens to 16" x 20" x 4".

Originating in the 17th century as a trendy accessory for the traveling gentleman, these portable writing desks allowed for correspondence and household management all the way from the southern corner of Bath to the remote highlands of Scotland. Fixed with two places for inkwells to rest as well as a niche to store loose parchment and quills, many of these bore features unique to the owner—including the occasional hidden compartment. 

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