Elegant Victorian Writing Slope in walnut, secret drawers, ink bottles, working lock with key.

A super Victorian Writing Slope in walnut, circa 1850.

This beautiful looking box has a very attractive walnut grain, good colour and patination. It has a vacant brass cartouche to the lid (which could be engraved) with a matching key escutcheon, brass edging and inlaid stringing, all in extremely good order.

The box opens to reveal the original dark red/burgundy leather writing surface/skiver which is in very good order with minimal wear and no cracks on the fold line. Interior fittings include two brass-capped ink bottles (omitted to add, will provide a revised photograph in due course) two inkwell compartments, one open storage compartment useful for paper clips, a pen tray and leather covered pen gulley. There is also a secret compartment that conceals two small drawers, used in olden days to hide coins and small items of value. Beneath the writing boards there are two storage areas. New green baize has been fitted to the base to protect furniture. The box has a functioning lock with the original key.


Length:  45cm

Width:    27cm

Height:  15cm


A very solid walnut box of generous weight and quality of construction. There is an internal lock to the top writing board but the key is missing here. If desired, a new key could be fashioned by a good locksmith at a modest cost.

All period Writing Slopes will have a degree of surface scratching. hairline cracks and minor dings commensurate with age and use.

Price: £ 555.00 inclusive of carriage within the U.K mainland. If you are purchasing from outside the U.K, please contact me to obtain a shipping estimate. Should you have any questions or queries, please contact me at: jamesforsterantiques@outlook.com, or feel free to call me on: 01935 892313