S/289 Regency Brass Bound Padouk Wood Writing Slope
The rectangular lid, with a central plain brass plaque, opens to reveal a full sized leather folder, which folds forward revealing six small leather pouches. The lower section contains two glass ink pots, with silver plated lids, a removable pen tray, a small lidded compartment, and a brass rest to support the upper section when opened.
The full sized writing surface, lined in red hide with a gilded border, hinges forward and both sections open to reveal a mahogany lined compartment under. The deeper of the two having two concealed small mahogany lined drawers.
The whole, fitted with a lock and key, has brass flush fitting corner mounts and strap work, as well as a brass flush fitting military handle to each side, and is of a pleasing colour and is in good condition.
Padouk wood originates from Africa or Asia and the timber is valued for its toughness, stability and decorativeness. It can be confused with rosewoods to which it is related, but as a general rule padouk wood is coarser and less decorative in figure. Some African padouks are used as herbal medicines to treat skin parasites and fungal infections. It was occasionally used in fine quality furniture, predominantly in the early nineteenth century and many items date from the Regency period as in this instance.
(Two leathers replaced)
16 in. (40.5 cm.) Wide
10 in. (25.5 cm.) Deep
6 in. (15.5 cm.) High
English Circa 1810