Early 19C Irish Mahogany Writing Slope with Armorial Crest – Ebony & Abalone Chevron edging

Early 19C Irish Mahogany Writing Slope with Armorial Crest.

REALLY NICE early 19th Century Irish writing slope/box.

The outer body is made of mahogany and the interior is made from coromandel (calamander)  wood.

Made circa 1820.

The Lid has a quintessentially Irish Armorial Crest inlaid in it and it is bordered with ebony and abalone chevrons…………very RARE pattern !!

I have never seen this pattern used before !

The cartouche is made of a solid silver insert.

The slope is made of burgundy Moroccan leather…..with gilded banding.

It still retains one inkwell and has a pen drawer.

(Check out the Single Tea Caddy with the same Crest in this Section……they could be a matching set)

VERY RARE !!!!

WRITING SLOPES/LAP DESKS: As an antique the lap desk is a smaller variant of the writing slope. It is also called a writing box or a writing cabinet. In certain instances it is known as a portable desk, a term which is usually applied to larger forms. Most antique lap desks are really meant to be used on a table or some other stable surface. They are often strongly built of fine hardwoods like mahogany or walnut.

Antique lap desks had hinged writing surfaces, often covered in leather, felt, or other material, that flip up to reveal storage space for papers. Individual compartments were designed to hold inkwells, pens, sealing wax, and other contemporary writing materials. Some desks also had concealed storage compartments.

In the 18th and 19th Centuries the only method of communication was through written correspondence. Writing Slopes or boxes were essential for keeping your letterhead, stationery, ink and pens with you at all times….especially if you were travelling away from home. Whilst at home they were a perfectly neat and tidy way of keeping all your writings tools together for safety and easy of access.

The writing slopes or boxes came in all different sizes and decorations. They were a PRIZED possession. The more wealthy the individual…..the more intricate the inlays and decorations on the boxes.

Irish examples are very rare…………mainly because they were the property of the landed gentry ONLY…………ordinary Irish Folk could not afford these….let alone correspond with people in far flung places !!

This is a QUALITY SLOPE……it is made from the VERY BEST OF MATERIALS and would have been VERY EXPENSIVE to make.

The mahogany and coromandel wood would have been imported from the Colonies. The mahogany from Cuba and the Coromandel from Ceylon.

I am of the opinion that it was made for an adolescent rather than an adult….mainly because of its small and neat proportions. This would also explain why (the child) has attempted to scratch their initials on the cartouche. It appears to be the initials “N.F.”

Early 19C Irish Mahogany Writing Slope with Armorial Crest.

Provenance: Bought from a reputable dealer in Ireland.

Dimensions: 11.25″ wide, 7.5″ deep and 5.75″ tall

Condition: Very good.

SOLD

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