This one shows a frontal closeup and displays the grain and patina quite well.
As does this one of the top.
Extraordinary mahogany lining in almost completely mint condition. See that little 'lid' in the 2nd compartment from the top right? There be summat hidden in there...
Ooh! What's this? Some kind of ingenious victorian mechanism?...
Now how did that loose panel appear? Can you guess how?
Panel comes away completely to reveal the first 3 tiny hidden drawers...
Walnut veneered and french polished even these little drawer-fronts!
Inlaid brass locking catch for the lower panel section. There are two of these catches to hold the lower panel in place when the slope is closed.
Lower storage section – sorry about the blurry pic but you can still see the fantastic condition of the wood.
Now to a side view and a fourth 'secret' drawer.
Now what have we in here?...
A fifth hidden drawer – this one at least as truly 'secret' as the first three! There is a tiny catch inside that upon release permits this fabulous drawer to descend. It glides effortlessly back into position on replacing it. Extraordinary workmanship.
This is what I found inside this drawer! How lovely!
Included with the photo lockets was a shattered locket containing the hair of a loved one – perhaps the lady herself? There is a card from a loving husband to his wife reading “Thank you, my darling, for another wonderful year” along with a lady's driving licence dated 1951, deeds of house ownership and various receipts and even a note from the lady's doctor!
Quite a nice piece all round really! lol
Without exception, every time I move this slope carefully from its resting place near my desk and set it down on a large square of felt in front of me, I am transported into a nostalgic reverie of more genteel times, even though that nostalgia may be illusory! Whatever the case, it's a joy to write upon and it confers the quality of verisimilitude to my conception of myself as a serious writing-person!
From a practical standpoint, the writing surface angle of approximately 20 degrees above horizontal, combined with the huge, leather covered writing surface of 43 x 43 cm, set within an overall opened surface of 51 x 58cm, is extremely comfortable for long periods of writing. It means the writer can avoid the 'leant over' position and sit more naturally upright as the writing paper is raised up towards you by the slope. This position was favoured especially by those illuminating manuscripts as the surface brought their work closer to the eye whilst reducing the neck strain associated with being bent over towards one's work. I also use a much larger Weymouth Parallel Action draughtsman's board for my artworks which offers both the 20deg slope and a 45deg one for similar comfort reasons.
I hope you have enjoyed the photos! I would encourage you strongly to consider an angled writing surface for comfort as well as for sheer atmosphere!
Edited by Marlow, 16 June 2012 - 13:09.