Lap Desk

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1900-1933

GUSN

GUSN-12505

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

Descriptive Terms

desks
brass (alloy)
mahogany (wood)
veneer
velvet (fabric weave)
Mahogany Veneer
Brass
Velvet
DESK, PORTABLE

Inscription

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.

Associated Building

Original to Rundlet-May House (Portsmouth, N.H.),

Maker

Starkey, N. (Maker)

Location of Origin

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Object Type

Written Communication T&E

Dimensions

4.375 x 13.938 x 9.438 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Ralph May

Accession Number

1971.1637

Places

Pennsylvania (United States)