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I have what I believe is an 1850's vintage lap desk that

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I have what I believe is an 1850's vintage lap desk that according to my best recollection my grandmother told me belonged to a Civil War officer on her side of the family. From information I have already found online, the lap desk has a paper mache' overlay on its top with a mother of pearl decorative inlay. It has one ink well and a writing pen inside. On one side in the back the mounting screw for the hinge has pulled out of the wood back and the back has some minor damage confined to that spot. The lock on the front is intact, but there is no key with the desk. Attached are some recent photos of the desk.

This is a 1850 to 1865 papier mache and mother of pearl inlay lap desk

with lock, inkwell,pen tray, and velvet writing surface. Damage to

the outside finish from heat and/or moisture.

The value of the desk in this condition is $250 to $300 retail.

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