Large Victorian Walnut and Writing Slope with Secret Drawers Dated 1877
A lovely good quality brass bound walnut writing slope, possibly by Parkins & Gotto London. William Parkins and Henry Jenkin Gotto established Parkins & Gotto at 2, Hanway Street, Oxford Street, London in the 1840s. In the 1850s the company moved to 23 & 25, Oxford Street, and were noted for carrying a huge variety of high-quality stock. The box is brass bound and retains its original benefactors’ nameplate with handles to the sides. Inside you have the tooled leather insert the opens for storing papers. A pen tray is flanked by lidded cubby holes the lip of which, when pushed, releases unveils the hidden drawers. There is also another secret drawer that releases from the side when the brass rod is lifted up. A delightful and totally original writing box. There is some veneer loss to one side which we have shown in the photos. This is very close to the bottom so doesn’t detract from the piece. Considering it is over 150 years old the condition is fairly good. Dimensions when open are: 21 x 20 inches. Box dimensions: H 8 in. x W 20 in. x D 10.5 in.