Writing desk

Writing desk
Title
Writing desk
Date 
1840
Medium 
Wood (probably mahogany), brass, metal, felt, ivory, glass
Dimensions 
closed: 8 x 23 7/8 x 12 1/4 in. ( 20.3 x 60.6 x 31.1 cm ) open: 6 1/2 x 24 x 24 5/8 in. ( 16.5 x 61 x 62.5 cm )
Description 
Wood writing desk edged and inlaid with brass, flush brass handles on sides, with shaped brass medallion on top; opens into writing surface with hinged surfaces, lined with purple velvet, fitted wood compartments with ivory pull on lid; glass bottle in one compartment.
Credit Line 
Gift of the Naval History Society
Object Number 
INV.8704
Marks 
typed: on two slips of paper: "Camphor-wood inlaid desk used by Commodore John D. Sloat, U.S.N. on the Flagship Savannah 1846." written: in black ink on piece of paper: "Travelling Desk of Commodore John D. Sloat, U.S.N., used by him on his flagship Savannah [underlined[ in the Pacific, 1846 - Purchased for the Naval History Society by a group of its members." written: in black ink on piece of paper: "Naval History Society Collection" written: on paper attached to key: "Key to the Inlaid desk of Commodore John D. Sloat"
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Creative: Tronvig Group