Lap desk

Object Number: 
1948.542
Date: 
1800-1860
Medium: 
Wood, brass, oilcloth
Dimensions: 
Overall: 6 1/2 x 19 1/2 x 10 7/8 in. ( 16.5 x 49.5 x 27.6 cm )
Description: 
Portable wooden writing desk decorated with brass inlay; both top and front of box decorated with a rectangle with concave chamfered corners outlined in brass, with similarly shaped escutcheons at center top and surrounding keyhole in front; brass strips applied to edges of top and bottom, corners, and elsewhere; slanted square writing surface covered in oilcloth, the two sections of which conceal interior compartments; trough along front (top) edge for implements and accessories; rectangular compartment in side for (missing) drawer; rectangular brass handle on one side.
Credit Line: 
Permanent Loan from the Beekman Family Association
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group