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Oak Folding Writing Desk

Reference
81139
Height
30 1/2" (77.44 cm)
Width
21 1/1" (55.86 cm)
Depth
22 1/2" (57.13 cm)
An oak Folding Writing Desk with leather interior.

This form of desk was a popular design either side of 1900 with a number of well known makers and retailers such as the Army & Navy CSL, Albert Barker, Thornhill and Vickery selling them. They came with a variety of different leather interiors that housed inkwells, calendars, dividers and compartments for paper, envelopes and pens etc. They were also made in different woods such as mahogany, walnut and oak, as this example is. Although practical for travel, it is likely that they were designed with domestic use in mind and space saving, when not in use, the governing factor.

The green leather interior to this one is in good condition, whereas many we see are not. There is no maker's name but 'Made In England' is stamped. This dates the desk to after 1921, when the phrase had to be used to comply with American import laws.

The desk is still very practical for writing, with a large blotter to the centre front, and can be easily folded up by simply twisting the brass locking catch. Early 20th century.
Height
30 1/2" (77.44 cm)
Width
21 1/1" (55.86 cm)
Depth
22 1/2" (57.13 cm)