Made from solid Cuban mahogany, with secondary timbers also in solid mahogany highlighting what a magnificent quality example this is. The box is beautifully bound in brass with top-notch screwed construction.
The box opens to reveal the original writing surface with compartments for an inkwell and a pounce pot.
The box has a set of secret drawers, brilliantly concealed. The middle well compartment has a side that pulls up and allows the release of a lower solid mahogany floor, which, when removed, reveals a lower chamber. When one of the walls of this chamber is gently pushed inwards, it releases a spring-loaded catch, opening a side wall to reveal a pair of stacked secret drawers with turned ivory knobs.
This is known as a Captain's writing desk it would have been used at sea and secured to the wooden deck floor with the large "key" which would be used to screw onto the floor - this original key is retained with the box.
The box also has a lectern, stored on the inside lid, which can be removed and placed in the two holes on the top of the box. The box can then be tilted using the brass pin to create a sloped reading book rest.
There is also a large side drawer which can be opened when the interior brass pin is removed; each side having flush inlaid brass / Campaign carrying handles.
The internal flap bears the original makers label, very rare and highly sought-after. Even better, the label is for Nicholas Middleton at 162 The Strand in London, with Royal Warrants to His Majesty the King and The Prince of Wales; quite remarkable that this important paper label has survived.

A George III brass bound mahogany campaign portable desk by Nicholas Middleton

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