Late 19th Century Brass Inlaid Rosewood Lap Desk


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Late 19th Century Brass Inlaid Rosewood Lap Desk. This Victorian lap desk has multiple internal compartments, including a secret drawer. It comes with two antique glass ink wells and is beautifully made from walnut, featuring brass inlay. Beautiful orange-red leather covers the writing space/compartments. The lap desk is often compared to the writing slope. They were meant to be used on a table or some other hard surface and are often made from fine hardwoods. The large storage space underneath was typically meant for papers, while the individual compartments were designed to hold writing utensils like pens, inkwells, and sealing waxes. This is a beautiful antique that was used in writing love letters.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions L 20 x W 12 x H 4.5 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

Late 19th Century

Place of Origin



and Leather, Brass, Rosewood


""The outer box needs wax touch up. It is missing a small leather tab pull. Lock and key work although we don't recommend locking it since the lock is old and may get stuck. When closed, a slight gap remains due to shrinkage from the wood. The set is complete and overall good condition.""

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