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Sea Captain’s Scrimshaw-Inlaid Tabletop Slant-Lid Desk, Nova Scotia
Unknown Maker, Likely Second Quarter 19th Century - SOLD

Sea Captain’s Scrimshaw-Inlaid Tabletop Slant-Lid Desk, Nova Scotia
Unknown Maker, Likely Second Quarter 19th Century 
Original Reddish-Brown Paint, entire view 1

The case with rectangular hinged lid featuring a leather vapor barrier affixed with brass
upholstery tacks…all within an applied molded edge, the interior fitted with a series of
seven valanced pigeonholes above three short-drawers, one with scrimshaw
escutcheon and original lock. The inside of the lid decoupaged with engravings
depicting “THE GREAT BATTLE OF WATERLOO,” “THE NEW LONDON BRIDGE AS
IT APPEARED AT THE OPENING BY HIS MAJESTY WILLIAM 4TH AUGT 1 1831,”
“THE CORONATION OF THEIR MAJESTIES WILLIAM & ADELAIDE SEPT 8 1831,” a
battle scene and a painted roundel surrounded by a border of cut-out hearts, inlaid on
the front with a diamond escutcheon above a heart flanked by stars, over a molded
serpentine and scroll-shaped base. (A great looking desk in wonderful surface, minor
imperfections consistent with age and use; wear to a couple lobes, ending-out to one
foot; secondary cleat/shoe and both secondary or inner feet on right side are
replaced… NOT the actual foot and skirt. (Height:14.25"; width: 27.5"; depth: 19.75")

SOLD

879-115





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