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Collection Fort Nisqually Permanent Collection
Object ID Number 1986.34.01
Object Name Desk, Portable
Description Portable wooden desk, mahogany interior and a darker wood exterior. Top has a mother-of-pearl inlay with the name "Isabella Houston" inscribed in the center. Desk opens to form slanted writing surface covered with a red leather blotter. This surface opens from both ends of the writing surface, revealing storage compartments. At the head of the desk is an uncovered compartment for ink wells and pens. A secret compartment of two small drawers is revealed behind a false panel in the lower section of the desk when the divider next to the inkwell compartment is pulled up. One of the two drawers is missing. When the desk surface is folded over to reveal the lower storage compartment, a small silver plaque is evident, with an inscription: "To Isabella Houston from James Drummond, Orkney, 1850". The desk measures 9 3/4 inches long front to back, 14 7/8 inches wide, and 5 3/4 inches tall.
Date c. 1850
People Houston, Isabella
Drummond, James
Search Terms Writing desk
Portable desk
Lap desk
Women
Literacy
Letters
Writing
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