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Fabulous Brass Bound Coromandel Writing Slope

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An exceptional Victorian writing slope, brass-bound Coromandel with a satinwood lined interior and deep blue, gold lined leather writing surfaces. Beneath one writing flap is a gold lined, blue leather arrangement for writing implements; beneath the other are concealed three small drawers, behind a strip, beneath the inkwell and pen rack. Running along the base line of the slope are two, blue velvet lined, drawers; one to the left and one to the right. These are sprung and opened by depressing the appropriate button within the outer edge of the lower half of the box.

Retaining the original locks and keys; the main lock being made by Bramah of London.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, Coromandel was considered one of the most exotic, luxurious and expensive woods to work with and it was the veneer of choice for some of the finest boxes.

Coromandel wood was sourced from India and South East Asia and was an exceptionally dense, close-grained wood. Visually a more vibrant and figured variety from the Ebony family, the actual species of Coromandel became virtually extinct by the beginning of the 20th century. Today's nearest relation to Coromandel is Macassar Ebony.

English, London made, circa 1880. 

w:19 7/8 in x d:11 7/8 in x h: 8 1/2 in 

 

Item Code: 3809

£ 2400

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