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Antique Writing Slope with Secret Compartment

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Category
Reference
500625
Height
23 cm (9")
Width
50 cm (19 3/4")
Depth
27 cm (10 3/4")
WALNUT WRITING BOX WITH "JAMES BOND" STYLE TOP SECRET DOCUMENT DRAWER

Antique writing slope veneered in finely figured Burr Walnut has brass edging and double stringing as well as containing two secret compartments one being a top-secret document drawer. With a vacant initial plate and large escutcheon both frame with brass stringing. Each side has a brass carry handle to make transporting the box easier.

Opening this antique writing box reveals its original black leather writing surface adorned with gold and embossed tooling. This writing surface is divided into two halves, the lower lifts to reveal seven storage compartments separated by wooden dividers. The top half of the writing surface lifts to reveal a large storage compartment that has a secret! There are three hidden drawers behind a false wall! This can be accessed by gently pulling up on the divider next to the right-hand inkwell, which will cause the false wall to spring forward.

On the right-hand edge of the open box, there is a brass retaining pin that holds the side drawer in place when the box is closed. Lifting the brass pin all the way out allows the drawer to be opened/removed using the incorporated carry handle. It can be fully removed to gain access to another top-secret document drawer housed above it. With the cover to the three little drawers open, remove the small drawer nearest to the end of the larger drawer you have just removed, putting your finger in the void and pressing against the right side of the walls compartment the secret " James Bond" style document drawer should drop down in the void.

This writing box comes with two Victorian threaded brass crown top inkwells, has fully working locks and tasselled keys. The key must be turned clockwise to unlock.

All our items come with an authentication certificate with an image, as well as our latest catalogue, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this, our items come with a 14 day no-quibble money-back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.
Height
23 cm (9")
Width
50 cm (19 3/4")
Depth
27 cm (10 3/4")
Period
Victorian
Year
Circa 1880
Medium
Walnut, Brass, Leather
Country
United Kingdom