Writing desk

Object Number: 
1941.630
Date: 
1810-1830
Medium: 
Mahogany, brass, glass, textile
Dimensions: 
Desk: 7 3/4 x 21 x 11 1/4 in. (19.7 x 53.3 x 28.6 cm)
Marks: 
engraved: on brass plate, lid: "COMMODORE/M. TAYLOR Woolsey/1780-1838"
Description: 
Rectangular mahogany writing desk with flat, hinged lid, top and bottom edges bound in brass with strips of brass at intervals on sides, attached with rivets, decorative curves cut out at corners, brass plaque at center with chamfers, brass rosette mounts with bail handle on each side, and broad diamond-shaped escutcheon; one handle functions as pull for additional drawer that stretches full length of desk; desk opens to reveal slanted writing surface covered in green felt, with compartments (dividers missing) at highest end of desk, also with tray, containing colorless glass ink bottle with brass cap; each end of writing surface can be folded back to reveal spaces underneath.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. M. Woolsey Campan and Alexander Macomb Campan
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group