Brass and walnut writing slope

I have a number of writing slopes in what I would loosely describe as a collection :).

This slope is the largest I have at the moment anyway it measures approx. 500 mm 20 inches x 250 mm 10 inches and 175 mm 7 inches.

The top and front are burr or burl (depending on where you are) Walnut with the sides and rear being the cheaper Walnut.

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As you can see the ornate brassware has been removed some of which was inside the box when I acquired it. The brass ware had been replaced by green paint I have no idea why but I have removed the paint and plan on replacing the brass when time allows.

The inside of this slope is quite clean and really needs a fresh skiver fitted.

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One of the unusual things about this slope is there is a small handmade brass ring on each writing surface with a small ivory or bone pin with a thread on one end that screws into the ring to allow opening  of the flap. it is lying in the small compartment in the bottom left of the picture.

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My research taking into account of the size and materials used along with the type of construction leads me to think this slope was made early in the 18th century.

 

 

 

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