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English Lap Desk
Located in Stamford, CT
Beautiful Early 19th century rosewood lap desk. Made in England, circa 1830. Has brass corners and brown leather writing surface with gold tooling. Left side has a concealed or "secr...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Inkwells

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Rosewood

  • English Lap Desk
  • English Lap Desk
  • English Lap Desk
  • English Lap Desk
H 6 in. W 15.75 in. D 10 in.
Antique English Burl Walnut Lap Desk, circa 1870
Located in New Orleans, LA
Brass mounted.
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Antique Late 19th Century English More Desk Accessories

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Walnut, Burl

English Regency Mahogany Travelling Sloped Lap Desk Box, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
English Regency mahogany travelling sloped lap desk box with brass corner mounts and handles, 19th century. Key included. Other features include fine tooled leather insert and a draw...
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Desk Sets

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Mahogany

Victorian Rosewood and Mother-of-Pearl Slanted Lap Desk Writing Compendium
Located in Ottawa, Ontario
Victorian rosewood and mother-of-pearl slanted campaign, lap desk writing compendium, interior has replaced new leather with two-brass top inkwells (old). Monday to Saturday organize...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Victorian More Desk Accessories

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Mother-of-Pearl, Rosewood

J.A. Simpson & Co Lap Desk with Gilt Bronze and Painted Porcelain Plaques
By J.A. Simpson & Co
Located in Miami, FL
J.A. Simpson & Co Lap Desk with Gilt Bronze and Painted Porcelain Plaques An English Victorian, circa 1870 coromandel wood lap desk extravagantly embellished with gilt bronze hardwa...
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Antique 1870s English Victorian More Desk Accessories

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Bronze

American Rustic Lap Writing Desk Box
Located in Southampton, NY
American rustic lap writing desk box. The outside is stained in a beautiful red tone with lots of ink stained patina. The inside is unfinished. Sloped top, hinged at top. Conditio...
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Early 20th Century American More Desk Accessories

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Pine

  • American Rustic Lap Writing Desk Box
  • American Rustic Lap Writing Desk Box
  • American Rustic Lap Writing Desk Box
  • American Rustic Lap Writing Desk Box
H 6.5 in. W 20.75 in. D 21 in.
English Regency Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
Located in Nordhavn, DK
English writing slope in bird's-eye maple. The box can be opened to create a sloping desk pad covered with (original) fabric. Inside a fitted interior of compartments for storing i...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency More Desk Accessories

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Birdseye Maple

  • English Regency Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
  • English Regency Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
  • English Regency Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
  • English Regency Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
H 3.94 in. W 13.78 in. D 10.63 in.
Antique English Rosewood Regency Inlaid Lap Desk, circa 1830
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique English rosewood regency inlaid lap desk, circa 1830.
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Antique 19th Century English Regency Desks and Writing Tables

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Rosewood

19th Century English Partridge and Cooper Lap Desk
Located in East Hampton, NY
Fantastic 19th century English campaign style burl wood lap desk. Made by Partridge and Cooper, London. Brass Hardware. Some losses and cracks. When fully opened it measure...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks

Mid-19th Century Chinese Camphor Metamorphic Lap Desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Rare and good quality Chinese export camphor wood writing desk, circa 1860. Brass bound around the outer edges and carrying handles to each side. These desk were made for sea capt...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Desks

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Hardwood

19th Century English Regency Rosewood Antique Traveling Lap Writing Desk Box
Located in Shippensburg, PA
This is a remarkable writing slope remaining in superb original condition throughout. The rosewood veneers are chosen carefully for their chaotic and very pleasing swirling grains, t...
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Antique Early 19th Century English Regency Desk Sets

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Brass

19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Charleston, SC
A early-19th century Asian hardwood lap desk on stand. A similar one is pictured in "The Decorative Arts of The China Trade," page 248. The stand is a replacement made from pearwood.
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Antique 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Desks

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Wood

  • 19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
  • 19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
  • 19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
  • 19th C China Trade Roll Top Lap Desk on Stand
H 40 in. W 20.5 in. D 16.75 in.
Mid-19th Century Burr Campaign Lap Writing Desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Mid-19th century burr campaign lap desk, circa 1860. Good quality Chinese export burr writing box. Beautifully brass bound outside and inside edging. Stunning burr wood exterio...
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Antique Mid-19th Century Chinese Campaign Desks

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Walnut

  • Mid-19th Century Burr Campaign Lap Writing Desk
  • Mid-19th Century Burr Campaign Lap Writing Desk
  • Mid-19th Century Burr Campaign Lap Writing Desk
  • Mid-19th Century Burr Campaign Lap Writing Desk
H 7.75 in. W 20.25 in. D 10.5 in.
19th Century Asian Burl Wood & Elmwood Scholar's Lap Floor Desk Stationary Table
Located in Vancouver, British Columbia
Uniquely conceived Asian scholar's writing table with flaps and drawers as well as open tier for housing paperwork, stationary etc. Simple lines with old patina. Some ink stains pres...
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Antique 1880s Chinese Qing Desks and Writing Tables

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Burl

English Inlaid Lap Desk
Located in Wilson, NC
English inlaid lap desk, the slanted double lid opens to a tooled leather writing surface at the front and a fitted area for pens at the top (it would have had glass inkwells in the ...
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Antique 1850s English Decorative Boxes

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Mother-of-Pearl, Rosewood, Leather

  • English Inlaid Lap Desk
  • English Inlaid Lap Desk
  • English Inlaid Lap Desk
  • English Inlaid Lap Desk
H 4 in. W 14 in. D 9.75 in.
Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Woodbury, CT
This diminutive little lap desk was the ultimate in desk portability in its day. Made in beautifully grained walnut and strengthened by brass straps and corner mounts, it conceals a ...
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Antique 19th Century British Victorian End Tables

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Brass

  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
  • Walnut Lap Desk on Stand
H 22 in. W 13.5 in. D 9.5 in.
Italian Painted Slope-Top Lap Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
Italian Painted Slope Topped Lap Desk. 18th century
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Decorative Boxes

  • Italian Painted Slope-Top Lap Desk
  • Italian Painted Slope-Top Lap Desk
  • Italian Painted Slope-Top Lap Desk
  • Italian Painted Slope-Top Lap Desk
H 10.5 in. W 23.75 in. D 17.75 in.
English Tortoise and Yew Wood Lap Desk
Located in Hollywood, FL
The hinged top revealing a fitted interior, the exterior in yew wood and tortoise.
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Antique 19th Century English Boxes

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Yew

  • English Tortoise and Yew Wood Lap Desk
  • English Tortoise and Yew Wood Lap Desk
  • English Tortoise and Yew Wood Lap Desk
  • English Tortoise and Yew Wood Lap Desk
H 6 in. W 14.75 in. D 8.5 in.
19th Century British Tunbridge Ware Lap Desk
By Tunbridge Ware
Located in Dallas, TX
Presenting an absolutely gorgeous and extremely unique and rare 19th Century British Tunbridge ware lap desk. This lap desk is unlike any of it’s kind we have seen before. From cir...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English High Victorian Decorative Boxes

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Wood, Ebony, Maple, Satinwood, Walnut

  • 19th Century British Tunbridge Ware Lap Desk
  • 19th Century British Tunbridge Ware Lap Desk
  • 19th Century British Tunbridge Ware Lap Desk
  • 19th Century British Tunbridge Ware Lap Desk
H 3.5 in. W 13.3 in. D 9.5 in.
19th Century Mahogany Lap Desk on Later Stand
Located in WEST PALM BEACH, FL
This is a traditional mahogany English mahogany with lap desk with satinwood banding, opening to reveal inkwells, interior drawers and writing surface, fitted to later stand, circa 1...
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Antique Early 19th Century English George III Side Tables

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Mahogany

Regency Mahogany and Brass Inlaid Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Essex, MA
In fine condition with brass inlaid banded hinged top and fitted interior, side drawer; sides similarly decorated and raised on a base with square section legs.
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tables

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Mahogany

English Regency Mahogany Travelling Lap Desk Box with Secret Compartment
Located in Savannah, GA
Large size English Regency mahogany travelling sloped lap desk/ box with original brass corner mounts, hinges, pin, top mount and retractable handles. Features include a side drawer,...
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Antique Early 1800s English Regency Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Victorian Tunbridge Figured Walnut and Parquetry Lap Desk on Base
Located in Essex, MA
Rectangular hinged top with mother of pearl inlay opening to a fitted interior, conforming case, later base.
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Antique 1860s English Victorian Side Tables

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Walnut

Late Regency Rosewood and Brass Mounted Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Essex, MA
Typical form mounted with brass details and strapping, hinged top fitted with desk interior, later mahogany base.
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Antique 1820s English Regency Tables

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Rosewood

Handsome Antique Mahogany Lap Desk Box on Custom Stand End Table
Located in Hopewell, NJ
Very rare handsome antique mahogany box or lap desk on custom stand having brass trim and striking ram's head decoration on top.
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Antique 19th Century English Neoclassical End Tables

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Mahogany

English Regency Mahogany Travelling Lap Desk with Secret Compartment, on Stand
Located in Savannah, GA
This early 19th century lap desk is constructed of flame grain Honduras mahogany and features the original brass fittings and an embossed leather interior with a removable pen tray. ...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Antique Mahogany Intarsia Writing Box or Lap Desk on Rosewood Stand
Located in Atlanta, GA
Antique mahogany intarsia writing box or lap desk on rosewood stand. Opening it up reveals a dished pen tray flanked by space for inkwells. Beneath the writing slope is a small lette...
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Antique Late 19th Century Swedish Other Decorative Boxes

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Ebony, Mahogany, Rosewood

Rare Antique English Regency Rosewood & Brass Writing Slope Box Lap Desk
Located in Shippensburg, PA
An inordinately fine box, the exterior is dressed with full width and depth rosewood veneers carefully applied to flow between seams of the writing slope. Heavy gauge brass mounts ar...
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Antique 1810s English Regency Decorative Boxes

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Brass

English Campaign Mahogany Lap Desk Decorative Box on Custom Stand, circa 1860
Located in Atlanta, GA
This English Campaign lap desk from the mid-19th century features a rectangular mahogany writing box over a custom-made wooden stand. The brass bound box opens to reveal a blue velve...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Campaign Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Japanese Meiji Period Carved and Gilt Lacquer Writing Box or Lap Desk
Located in Milford, NH
An excellent quality Japanese Meiji period carved wooden writing box or lap desk with compartmentalized interior. With gilt landscape decoration of village scenes accented with geome...
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Antique Late 19th Century Japanese Meiji Decorative Boxes

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Silk, Wood, Lacquer

Superb Antique Folk Art Parquetry Casket Styled Writing Box or Lap Desk
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This exquisite antique parquetry writing box or lap desk is unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Canada in approximately 1900 in a Folk Art style. The box itself, including th...
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Early 20th Century Canadian Folk Art Decorative Boxes

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Softwood

Early 19th Century Pollard Oak Campaign Writing Slope or Lap Desk
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Early 19th century Pollard oak Campaign writing slope or lap desk This is a very rare piece, it is a Campaign writing slope is made in Pollard Oak and bound in brass, it is an ex...
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Antique 19th Century English Victorian Decorative Boxes

English 19th Century Mahogany Lap Desk Box on Stand with Brass Accents
Located in Atlanta, GA
A 19th century English lap desk on wooden stand. This English lap desk circa 1860-1870 features a rectangular writing wooden box decorated with brass accents on its top and sides. Th...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Campaign End Tables

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Brass

English 1850s Mahogany Lap Desk Box on Custom Stand Fitted with Black Leather
Located in Atlanta, GA
An English mahogany lap desk from the mid-19th century with custom made stand and black leather inset. Born in England during the 1850s, this English box on stand features a rectangu...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Campaign Decorative Boxes

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Brass

Mid 19th Century Captains Hand Carved Walnut Lap Desk Book Box With Key Lock
Located in Lambertville, NJ
Mid 19th Century Captains Hand Carved Walnut Lap Desk Book Box With Key Lock Made to be put on the shelf among books to blend and be hidden. The top opens to reveal compartments and ...
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Antique Mid-19th Century English Decorative Boxes

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Walnut

American Extreme Art Deco, Machine Age Chrome Plated Metal Desk Lap by Van Dyke
By Van Dyke Industries
Located in Port Hope, ON
This American Art Deco, Machine age lamp is one of the more extreme examples of the style but it all just works so well! It was made by Van Dyke Industries of Chicago, is signed to t...
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Table Lamps

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Chrome

Victorian Burl Walnut and Brass Mounted Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Essex, MA
Hinged lid opening to a fitted interior and conforming case, later mahogany base.
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Antique 1850s English Victorian Tables

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Walnut

Edwardian Lap Desk
Located in Petaluma, CA
This is certainly one of the finest lap desks we have come across. The wealthy traveler had his manservant bring him this desk to do his work. Note the number of sections and fold ...
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Early 20th Century British Desks

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Brass

  • Edwardian Lap Desk
  • Edwardian Lap Desk
  • Edwardian Lap Desk
  • Edwardian Lap Desk
H 9.5 in. W 12.75 in. D 8 in.
Burr Walnut and Brass Traveling Lap Desk
Located in Woodbury, CT
Very well dark grained burr walnut and detail engraved gilt mounts. Rounded top lifts up and back, slant front drops down. Covered in deep purple velvet. Back section of writing slan...
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Antique 1870s English More Desk Accessories

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Brass

  • Burr Walnut and Brass Traveling Lap Desk
  • Burr Walnut and Brass Traveling Lap Desk
  • Burr Walnut and Brass Traveling Lap Desk
  • Burr Walnut and Brass Traveling Lap Desk
H 7 in. W 14.25 in. D 10.75 in.
Antique Walnut Lap Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
Antique Burled Walnut Lap Desk with Brass Inlay on New Legs
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Antique 19th Century English Desks

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Brass

  • Antique Walnut Lap Desk
  • Antique Walnut Lap Desk
  • Antique Walnut Lap Desk
  • Antique Walnut Lap Desk
H 25.5 in. W 18.5 in. D 11.5 in.
Victorian Walnut Writing Slope / Lap Desk
Located in Vancouver, BC
Pristine Victorian burled walnut writing slope with original tooled leather.
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Antique 19th Century Scottish Desk Accessories

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Walnut, Leather

English Regency Walnut Travelling Lap Desk Box with Secret Compartment
Located in Savannah, GA
English Regency walnut travelling sloped lap desk box with brass corner mounts and retractable handles. Bone escutcheon lock (no key.) Other features include Fine tooled leather inse...
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Antique Early 1800s English Regency More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Exceptional 18th c.Arte Povera Lap Desk
Located in New Orleans, LA
Highly decorated Arte Povera Lap Desk
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Antique 18th Century and Earlier Italian Desk Accessories

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Wood, Paper

  • Exceptional  18th c.Arte Povera Lap Desk
  • Exceptional  18th c.Arte Povera Lap Desk
  • Exceptional  18th c.Arte Povera Lap Desk
  • Exceptional  18th c.Arte Povera Lap Desk
H 16.5 in. W 32.25 in. D 20 in.
Antique Pine Lap Desk on Stand
Located in Port Chester, NY
Large standing antique lap desk on stand from England. The pine is a rich, honey color. Top folds back to reveal cubbyholes inside. One drawer below. All sides are finished.
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Antique 19th Century English Desks

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Pine

  • Antique Pine Lap Desk on Stand
  • Antique Pine Lap Desk on Stand
  • Antique Pine Lap Desk on Stand
  • Antique Pine Lap Desk on Stand
H 40 in. W 30 in. D 25 in.
George III Brass Inlaid Mahogany Lap Desk
Located in Port Chester, NY
George III Brass Inlaid Mahogany Lap Desk with Fitted Leather Interior
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Antique 19th Century English Desks

B385 Antique Victorian Burr Walnut Travelling Lap Desk, Writing Slope, Box
Located in Vancouver, BC
England, circa 1870. All original condition. Having a lift top letter holder, flanked by a pair of inkwells fold down writing surface below lift up writing slope is a secret comp...
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Antique 1870s English More Desk Accessories

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Walnut

19th Century English Campaign Mahogany Writing Slope Lap Desk Box Brass
Located in Shreveport, LA
~Direct from England~ ~Lovely antique English Campaign mahogany portable writing slope desk~ ~Wide brass binding on top and sides with center brass plate (not monogramed) on the desk...
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Antique 19th Century British Campaign More Desk Accessories

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Brass

Traveling Lap Top Desk by W. H. Tooke, England, 1860s
By W.H. Tooke
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
This stylish piece was recently acquired from a Palm Beach estate and will make the perfect addition to ones library. The piece looks to have never been used an is near mint conditio...
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Antique 1860s English Desk Sets

19th Century Chinese Camphor Metamorphic Lap Desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Rare and good quality Chinese export camphor wood writing desk, circa 1820. Brass bound around the outer edges and carrying handles to each side. These desk were made for sea capt...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Desks

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Hardwood

19th Century Chinese Tambour Campaign Writing Lap Desk
Located in Debenham, Suffolk
Quality Chinese export camphor wood lap desk, circa 1820. Made for sea Captains and military officers in the field. Brass bound round the outer edge with brass carrying handles. Tamb...
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Antique Early 19th Century Chinese Chinese Export Desks

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Hardwood

Antique Writing Slope, Victorian Lap Desk, Rosewood Mother-of-Pearl, 1870
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique writing slope, Victorian lap desk, rosewood mother-of-pearl, 1870, B1041 Scotland 1870 Rosewood with top inlaid with mother-of-pearl Fall front opens to reveal original ...
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Antique 1870s Scottish Victorian Desks and Writing Tables

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Mother-of-Pearl, Rosewood

Victorian Burl Walnut Campaign Writing Slope, Lap Desk, Scotland, 1860
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Victorian burl walnut campaign writing slope, lap desk, Scotland, 1860 Scotland 1860 Burr walnut Rectangular top with brass binding around the edge Brass cartouche to t...
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Antique 1860s Scottish Victorian Desks

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Walnut

19th c Fine English Mahogany Ship Captain’s Writing Box or Lap Desk
Located in Milford, NH
Fine English ship captain’s writing box or lap desk featuring brass handles, satinwood edges, lift out writing box, two inkwells, green leather writing surfaces, and includes a secre...
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Antique 19th Century English Inkwells

Campaign Wood Travelling Lap Desk on a Later Stand, 19th Century
Located in Savannah, GA
Campaign wood travelling lap desk on a later stand, 19th century.
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Antique 19th Century English Campaign Desks

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Wood

RARE 19THC ORIGINAL BLACK PAINTED LAP DESK STAND FROM NEWENGLAND
Located in Los Angeles, CA
WONDERFUL AND FOLKY LAP DESK STAND WITH THREE FEET FROM NEW ENGLAND IN ORIGINAL BLACK OVER RED PAINT.GREAT SNAKE FEET AND UNUSUAL PEDISTAL STAND,LIKE A CANDLE STAND FROM NEW ENGLAND....
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Antique 19th Century American Desks

Writing Slope, Antique Victorian Lap Desk, Marine Walnut Brass, Scotland, B1096
Located in Vancouver, BC
Writing slope, antique Victorian lap desk, marine walnut brass, Scotland, 1870, B1096 Scotland, 1892 (dated as such on engraved plaque) Figured walnut Original brass straps Op...
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Antique 1890s Scottish Victorian Desks

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Brass

Antique Writing Slope, Large Victorian Walnut Lap Desk, Scotland 1860s, B1428
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique writing slope, large Victorian brass bound walnut lap desk with fitter interior, Scotland 1860s, antique furniture, B1428. Scotland 1860s The exterior has brass round edg...
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Antique 1860s Scottish Victorian Desks

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Walnut

Antique Writing Slope, Writing Box, Antique Lap Desk, Walnut Campaign Box, B1441
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Writing Slope, Writing Box, Antique Lap Desk, Walnut, Scotland 1870, Antique Furniture, B1441 Scotland 1870 Brass Fittings around Perimeter of Desk Opens to Reveal a Fit...
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Antique 1870s Scottish Victorian Desks

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Walnut

Antique Writing Slope, Writing Box, Antique Lap Desk, Walnut,Scotland 1880 B1082
Located in Vancouver, BC
Antique Writing Slope, Writing Box, Antique Lap Desk, Walnut, Scotland 1880, Antique Furniture, B1082 Scotland 1880 Inlaid Top Perimeter Inlaid Monogram to Top Sing Glass Inkwell (o...
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Antique 1880s Scottish Desks

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Walnut

English Rosewood Bound in Brass Lap Desk on a Custom-Made Stand, circa 1830
Located in Savannah, GA
English rosewood bound in brass lap desk on a custom-made stand, circa 1830. Desk opening to reveal a writing surface, two inkwells, storage compartments and a finely crafted secret ...
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Antique 19th Century English Desks

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Lap Desks For Sale on 1stDibs

Find a variety of lap desks available on 1stDibs. Each of these unique lap desks was constructed with extraordinary care, often using wood, metal and brass. Lap desks have been made for many years, and versions that date back to the 18th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 20th Century. Lap desks made by Victorian designers — as well as those associated with Regency — are very popular at 1stDibs. J.A. Simpson & Co, Van Dyke Industries and W.H. Tooke each produced beautiful lap desks that are worth considering.

How Much are Lap Desks?

Prices for lap desks start at $325 and top out at $9,500 with the average selling for $1,950.