A lovely antique Victorian Coromandel writing slope, the coromandel applied with beautiful inlaid decoration of brass, silver, bone and pewter, Circa 1860 in date.
Opening to an interior desk with the original velvet lined writing slope, ink wells and storage containers and a compartment for papers below the slope.
The interior bears a makers label:
MADE BY S. WOOLFIELD/ 28 BUCHANAN ST. GLASGOW;
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
Coromandel, also known as Calamander wood, is a higly prized and valuable exotic wood from India and Sri Lanka and was only used in top quality pieces.
Complete with working lock and key.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, with minor wear to the velvet, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 13 x Width 29 x Depth 19
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5.1 x Width 11.4 x Depth 7.5
Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, ‘kalu-medhiriya’, which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
Our reference: 09959b