• Item: Writing Table
• Circa: 1890
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid oak
• Folding base
• Original Brass hinged mechanism
• Internal folding letter tray / organiser
• 2 spring-loaded paper holders
• Black faux crocodile skin skiver
• Original working lock & key
• Original brass locking hinges
• Shaped legs with uniting stretcher
• Original polish & patination
• Extremely functional
• Excellent condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland
• Free 14 day UK returns policy
This is a fine quality antique English Victorian oak folding campaign-writing table, circa 1890, in good working condition, made to be taken on campaign due to its compact size and ability to be carried easily and folded away when not in use. Functioning as a means of writing or working table while travelling, this desk comprises an oak panelled case. The case features the original working lock & key. To open the writing table, the key must be pushed in and then turned. The case can then be folded out until it locks into place. When the table is sitting horizontally, the metal ball locks are fixed in position to stop the table collapsing inwards. With the case open, this reveals a faux crocodile skin lined interior and writing surface. The interior also boasts a foldaway desk organiser, with 7 storage compartments as well as two label holders to the front. To the rear of the interior is a pair of spring-loaded paper holders. To close the writing table, the two ball-locks, located on the underside, must be pushed in. The case can then be folded shut; the locking latch will click, securing it. When closed, the writing desk can be easily stored in a confined area. The table is attached to four supporting pretty folding legs, with the innermost legs having two stretchers for additional strength. The legs can also be locked in place by turning a brass thumbscrew. This item is well constructed, solid in joint and ready to use.
The table feature a mellow, golden oak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.
The table would look superb in the office or library. It would certainly grace any home and is a great investment as it is extremely functional. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
A variety of similar writing tables to this one were made by a number of companies in the late 19th century, and in various woods. Albert Barker, Harrods and the Army & Navy Store Club Ltd. are just a few of the makers and retailers who are known to have sold similar writing tables. This one is however unnamed and the provenance is unknown.
This writing table is in good working condition. The internal faux crocodile skin skiver is in excellent condition, having been newly fitted. Therefore, there are no stains, rips or marks to the writing surface. The interior retains all its original components, with no missing or damaged pieces. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the oak exterior but nothing significant, considering the age of the item. The case also retains the original working lock with working key, as well as the original working metal ball locks, which keep the writing table locked in place when open. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. The folding leg mechanism is in excellent working order. The table stands firm on the ground it does not wobble, is solid in joint and is ready to use.
External Height (with organiser folded up) = 92.3cm or 36⅜” or 3ft ⅜”
Writing height = 71.5cm or 28⅛” or 2ft 4⅛”
Width = 60.5cm or 23⅞” or 1ft 11⅞”
Depth = 73cm or 28¾” or 2ft 4¾”
Knee height = 69.5cm or 27⅜” or 2ft 3⅜”
Height = 98cm or 38⅝” or 3ft 2⅝”
Width = 60.5cm or 23⅞” or 1ft 11⅞”
Depth = 33cm or 13” or 1ft 1”
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Ref: Writing Table 29