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Original Civil War Officers/NCO Lap Desk with inkwell, glasses and pencil


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This is another nice item being offered, it is a Civil War Officer’s Lap Desk. It is typical of what officers and sergeants would have used in the field or in camp. It is made of wood (probably maple) and in the closed position measures 11 ½” x 8” x 3 ½”. There is a small age crack on the top veneer, but it does not go through all the way, only cosmetic. When opened, there are several compartments. Inside the compartments is a pair of period tinted Pince Nez eyeglasses, a glass inkwell, and a patriotic pencil. Amazingly, the key still remains (usually always missing).

The interior has the original felt writing surface with a reinforcement strip of black tape in the middle, and it opens to store paper and documents. There is a removable wooden lid which reveals an area to store pens – on each side are pockets for inkwells. There is an example of this lap desk in the Gettysburg National Battlefield Museum (see pictures). Also, in the personal artifacts of Colonel Isaac Dyer of the 15th Maine, there is near an identical example of this desk (see pictures).

Overall, this is a beautiful desk, obviously well cared for. It would go great with an officers or soldiers personal effects. I have one in my collection which I display with period letters, a pen, and documents.

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$9.50 (Fixed shipping cost)