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Original War of 1812 through the Civil War Officers/NCO Lap Desk


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This is another nice item being offered, it is an early 19th century Traveling 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 12” x 9” x 3” (the design is sloped). When opened, there are two compartments under the original felt writing surface for storage, i.e., paper, documents, etc. There is also an area for pens and inkwells. These desks were popular from the War of 1812 through the Civil War.

There is a similar 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 another example of this desk (see pictures). There is also one in The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA (see pictures).

Overall, this is a very nice desk and in solid condition, a small chip on one corner of the top does not affect anything. There is an age crack on the bottom, but it does not affect the piece. In my book “The Civil War Soldier – His Personal Items”, I go into more detail about how important it was for soldiers to send and receive mail. 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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