My oldest writing slope

This is my oldest writing slope my research leads me to believe this writing slope was made in the 1790 s the materials and methods of construction plus the size 20 inches x 10 inches x 6 1/2 inches it is a large slope.

Although there are a couple of splits in the top I still think it is a worthwhile addition to my little group. I am very happy to have it.

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Unfortunately this slope has had some modifications during its life.

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The hinges fitted to the writing surfaces are not original and will be removed when I fit a replacement skiver.

This case also has a drawer in the lower section of the body

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The biggest surprise is the secret compartment located under the pencil tray.

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As you can see people would have kept important documents here these documents bearing the name and bequests of a previous owner. I believe these are original documents as the mechanism was jammed and the pin that releases the door had been covered over.

I did contact the person who sold this slope to me to see if it was a family heirloom as I would have offered to return it to him if it was.

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