Writing in the 18th century

27 Feb

Take a look at a writing desk belonging to Eliza Law Curtis from 1795. She was the grand daughter of Martha Washington and was given this gift by Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette (close friend of George Washington himself).

According to the PBS website:

“During the 18th and 19th centuries, lap desks — also known as writing boxes or writing cabinets — were used within homes, where they were placed on tables, as well as by travelers who were away from home. Generally made of mahogany or walnut, lap desks are similar to briefcases in some way and have compartments for paper, ink, and sealing wax.”

You can read more about it here.

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