Antique Regency Campaign Writing Slope Brass Mounts Circa 1820 19th C

GBP 675.00

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Object Description

An elegant Regency brass mounted Gonçalo Alves campaign writing slope, circa 1820 in date.

The beautifully polished goncalo alves case has a wonderful age-related patina and a key lockable hinged top with inset brass beading and plaques, including one engraved ‘1824’.

Inside, there is a lift-up gold tooled red leather writing surface with stationery box and divisions, that features two ink well comparments.

The side carrying handles fold flat within the sides of the box in true campaign style.

Complete with working lock and key.

There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.

In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.

Dimensions in cm:
Height 12.5 x Width 40.5 x Depth 23.5

Dimensions in inches:
Height 5 inches x Width 1 foot, 4 inches x Depth 9 inches

Campaign furniture,

also known as British campaign furniture, was designed to be packed up and carried. Its origins can be traced back as far as the Roman armies of Julius Caesar. In Europe, most of the surviving pieces are from Napoleon’s campaigns in the 19th century.

Gonçalo Alves is a hardwood (from the Portuguese name, Gonçalo Alves). It is sometimes referred to as tigerwood — a name that underscore the wood’s often dramatic, contrasting color scheme.

While the sapwood is very light in color, the heartwood is a sombre brown, with dark streaks that give it a unique look. The wood’s color deepens with exposure and age and even the plainer-looking wood has a natural luster.

Two species are usually listed as sources for gonçalo alves: Astronium fraxinifolium and Astronium graveolens, although other species in the genus may yield similar wood; the amount of striping that is present may vary.

In the high tropical forests of Central and South America, well-drained soils furnish nutrients for a variety of dense, durable hardwoods sought for maritime use, heavyconstruction, and furniture. The Spanish began harvesting in Latin American forests in the early 1500s to provide timber for boatbuilding and repair. By the early 1900s, however, steel ships had replaced wooden ones, and the interest in tropical forests by both Europeans and Americans shifted to appearance-grade woods for furniture.

Although history fails to provide us with a shopping list of species from either harvest period, it’s probable that the wood we know today as goncalo alves has always been sought. That’s because goncalo alves, considered one of the most beautiful of tropical woods, has a tough reputation, too. Strong and durable, it’s used for construction in its homeland and secondarily for fine furniture. Woodworkers elsewhere treasure the wood for decorative items and veneer accents.

Our reference: A3291

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