Catalogue No. 2109
This is a mid 19th century (c.1850) davenport desk. The desk is veneered in Palisander (Palisander is a native timber of Brazil, very closely related to Rosewood, having a finer grain pattern with a more golden honey colouring). The davenport stands on a plinth base fitted with brass recessed castors below and is fitted with four graduated drawers. The drawers retain their original turned knobs. The top section swivels 90 degrees to accommodate the users knees. There is a small drawer to one side that opens and swivels to give the user easier access to the fitted inkwells (inkwells are now missing) and pen tray. The writing surface retains its original leather writing surface and when raised reveals a compartment consisting of three small pigeonholes and space for papers etc. The davenport is fitted with its original key. The desk is of the finest quality, stamped with the name of C.Hindley Late Miles and Edwards 134 Oxford St London. Charles Hindley was a firm of cabinet makers of repute, taking over the company of Miles & Edwards in 1844. The business was dissolved in 1892. The desk is in excellent original condition with no damage or marks. An excellent example of the finest Victorian craftsmanship.
Height to bottom of knee hole 69cm
48 x 48 x 84 cm (W x D x H)