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Rare 19th Century Nautical Desk Set with Historic Monogram



A rare nautical desk set The lockable oak felt-lined case, embossed with the initials 'AL' of the original owner, houses twelve writing implements and accessories, constructed in silver plate and gilt metal, using spheres and chain work decoration. A bespoke commission of undoubtedly unique character-and most likely having nautical connections-the various accoutrements executed in a uniform style reminiscent of rope work, buoys, and markers found on seafaring vessels. The set includes a pair of candlesticks, a chamber stick, inkwell, bell, letter opener, personal wax seal, a stamp container, paperweight, ash tray, sealing wax spoon, and a pen tray, all placed within a custom-fitted interior, circa 1880.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 6.5 in. (16.51 cm)Width: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Depth: 19.5 in. (49.53 cm)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1880
  • Condition
    Repaired: Each item has undergone careful inspection and restoration by a conservation specialist in order to guarantee the original quality and integrity of the object. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 90911stDibs: LU954712398131

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    Estimated Customs Duties & Taxes to the Continental US: $0.
    Ships From: London, United Kingdom
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