Wood, brass, textile, metal
overall (closed): 6 5/8 x 17 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. ( 16.8 x 45.4 x 25.1 cm )
Rectangular wooden writing desk with flat, hinged lid, brass plaque with inscription at center of lid, handles flush with mounts, curved brass mounts at corners of lid and other brass brackets attached to corners of desk with metal screws; one handle functions as pull for additional drawer that stretches full length of desk; desk opens out to reveal slanted writing surface covered in green felt, leading up to set of four compartments of various sizes at highest end of open desk, with one compartment also divided into two by addition of tray; desk also contains key.
Gift of Miss Marie L. Troup
stamped: on inside edge in block letters: "Middleton Manufacturer 48 Lombard Street" engraved: on plaque in center of lid: "JK" stamped: on inside of lock: "[series of] P [s, with elaborate curlicues]"
This writing desk was supposedly used by John Alsop King (1788-1867) while serving as secretary of the American delegation in London under his father Rufus King (1755-1827), U.S. minister to the British government from 1825 to 1826. John Alsop King gave the desk to his son, of the same name, who passed the desk on to his oldest daughter Mary, who married Phineas M. Nightingale of Georgia. The desk was then passed on to the grandmother of the donor, Miss Marie L. Troup.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.