GEORGIAN BRASS-BOUND MAHOGANY “CAPTAIN’S BOX” WRITING SLOPE
England, circa early 19th century; a triple-opening configuration w/ hidden compartment
Item # 801BDA27P
A fine triple-opening Georgian brass-bound mahogany writing slope with high quality brass fittings, this configuration is often referred to as a Captain’s Box and offers a full suite of office organization in its lean and angular profile. The top unlocks with the original key to allow an easily accessed leather document compartment that is released by two small metal tabs, the interior finished with a marbled paper and flanked by eight organizing slots. A pair of inkwells flank a coved pen compartment which can be depressed to reveal a shallow cubby beneath. Both upper and lower slopes open to reveal large document storage compartments, the upper opening to give access to a pair of hidden drawers behind a plank of oak that slides into grooves below the inkwells.
These complex boxes were often commissioned to meet the specific needs of an officer or captain. Remaining in remarkably complete and beautifully preserved condition, this is a relevant and particularly useful piece for the modern interior as a means of organizing all check writing and bills in style. For the collector and decorator alike, it is a very fine acquisition.
Measurements: 17 7/8” W x 10” D x 6” H [closed]; 19” W x 17 7/8” D x 13 3/8” H [opened]
Retains early key; ink stain to leather document folder; scuffs and scratches to sides of the case, the finish overall being early but not original; green leather writing surface is a gorgeous high quality replacement; original hardware throughout.