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Tropical Hardwood Travel Desk with Inlaid Mother of Pearl 19th Century

Tropical Hardwood Travel Desk with Inlaid Mother of Pearl 19th Century

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Directory: Antiques: Furnishings: Accessories: Pre 1900: Item # 1380353

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The laptop of its day. Rich hardwood colors and intricate inlay with mother of pearl.

Rectangular box with hinged top that opens on the top outward from a split. The top of the box has a line of mother of pearl edging it with circular mother of pearl rounds on the corners. On the larger door is an intricate design using mother of pearl. The shield keyhole is also inlaid with mother of pearl.

The underside of the larger door is covered in maroon velvet, which makes a nice writing surface. When a black ribbon loop is pulled, it reveals an unlined compartment. The compartment has a dull-finished reddish wood that I believe is mahogany. Behind the smaller door is a non-moveable tray with compartments for writing utensils.

The hinges on the doors are brass. The base of the desk is covered in a soft wool cloth. The wood outer case has a nice shiny polish. The wood has stripes and patterns. It looks like rosewood and looks to be veneered on the mahogany.

There are no labels or markings on the desk.

13 15/16” (35.4 cm) x 10” (24.5 cm) x 3 ¾” (9.5 cm) tall. Weight 4 lb 8.8 oz (2.06 kg)

There are a couple of condition issues. The larger door has warped leaving a gap at the front edge of the desk. There is a line of mother of pearl missing on the top edge of the large door. There is a fine crack on the large door. There are some water spots and scratches on the surfaces. There are veneer losses on the base corners. The desk is old but still looks rich.

Aged but still beautiful. The wood tones and surfaces shine and mirror.