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021240: ENGLISH ROSEWOOD LAP DESKS (3) 19TH C. L 9"-14"

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Lot 021240 Details

Description
ENGLISH ROSEWOOD LAP DESKS (3), 19TH C., L 9"-14", & A TRAVEL SET, W 11":All are of rectangular shape with hinged lids, mid 19th century, two open to fitted interior including 1 with an inlaid mother-of-pearl cipher at the cover, overall H.4 1/2" x 10" x 6 3/4", and 1 having brass corners and banding at the exterior, overall H.4 1/4" x 14" x 9 1/4"; 1 other lap desk with brass banding, H.2" x 9 1/4" x 5 3/4" (lacking interior compartments). Together with 1 travel writing set comprising a rectangular box with hinged lid opening to compartments wrapped in leather with attached sleeve for writing paper, embossed in gold "J. Lee 440 West Strand, London", overall H.2" x 11" x 15" open. Four pieces total.
Condition
The first listed lap desk with five cracks in the cover from 1"-5" long, the mother-of-pearl escutcheon is chipped, the interior has two covers but appears to be missing three dividers for pens, etc., and the leather is worn from use, also evidence of glue repair, and two full-width cracks in the base; the cover of the larger lap desk is missing the center cipher, also the interior is missing the two covers for the storage compartments, and numerous scratches to the exterior and a few fine cracks; the third with checked finish and lacking interior compartments. The leather travel set is lacking covers for interior compartments, leather shows age, water spots and other indications of use and is torn at one side. Chs
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021240: ENGLISH ROSEWOOD LAP DESKS (3) 19TH C. L 9"-14"

Estimate $200 - $400Feb 13, 2010
Starting Price $90
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