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Pocket Writing Wallet

Category: Archive

Subcategory: Desk Items

A red leather Pocket Writing Wallet.

This small case has a gilt lock with slide lock which allows its cover flap to fold out. There is a band at the top of the flap, below the gusseted pocket above, to hold papers. To the side of the pocket is a sleeve to hold a pencil.

The pocket contains a letter from John Scott to his wife Anne, addressed to 63 Cornhill London and dated 14th May 1809. He discusses her upcoming birthday, notes his wife knows that he is not as good as the Duke of York at writing love letters (perhaps referring to the recent scandal of the Duke's mistress Mary Anne Clarke selling army commissions) and asks for Anne to write to him at the Kings Head at Bircham Markieff in Norfolk.

John Scott of 63 Cornhill was a subscriber to the journals from A Missionary Voyage To The Southern Pacific Ocean in the Years 1796, 1797, 1798 in The Ship Duff. This is a well-made leather pocket case dating to the early part of the 19th Century

  • Dimensions:
    H 19.5cm x W 12.5cm x D 1.5cm
    H 7½" x W 4¾" x D ½"

  • Period: Early 19th Century.
  • Medium: Leather
  • Country: England
  • Style: Leather Luggage
  • Exhibition: Departure of the 6th
  • Condition: Some wear & creasing to leather
  • Reference Number: 82243