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Lap Desk

1971.1637 (RS118320)

Description

Rectangular veneered lap desk with a brass lock plate on the center of the front side. Same shape (rectangle with inward curving sides) repeated on the lid center. The inside reveals a slanted surface, covered with a blue-green velvet. The surface lifts from the front side of the box revealing an open compartment underneath. Four small compartments are sectioned off in front of a slanted surface.

Details

Maker
Starkey, N. (Maker)
Date
1900-1933
Inscriptions
Inscribed: S.(?)A. SELLERS(?). A sticker on the inside of the writing surface reads: N. Starkey, Manufacturer of Portable Desks, Dressing Cases, Medicine Chests and Medical Saddle Bags, 66 South Fourth Street, Philadelphia.
Location of origin
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Associated Building
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
brass (alloy)
mahogany (wood)
velvet (fabric weave)
veneer
Object type
Written Communication T&E
Places
Pennsylvania (United States)
Descriptive terms
Brass
brass (alloy)
DESK, PORTABLE
desks
mahogany (wood)
Mahogany Veneer
Velvet
velvet (fabric weave)
veneer
Dimensions
4.375 x 13.938 x 9.438 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1971.1637
Credit Line
Gift of Ralph May
GUSN
12505

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