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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.
velvet (fabric weave)
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.
Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),
Starkey, N. (Maker)
Philadelphia, PA, USA
Written Communication T&E
4.375 x 13.938 x 9.438 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Ralph May