This is an excellent example of a typical Civil War officer’s field desk - Contains a hand written note identifying the desk to Captain Nathaniel Osgood. The desk retains both of its original, iron carrying brackets or handles, on each side of the desk. The interior of the desk has four sorting or storage compartments, three small and one large rectangular shaped compartment for ink and writing implements. The desk’s writing surface, as in most of these field desks, serves as the front cover for the desk, as well as the writing surface. Beneath the cover is the original green felt lined interior which lifts to reveal a larger area for the storage of paper. The desk maintains its original, war period surface and finish. Officer’s desks have become increasingly difficult to obtain, and could form the mainstay of a camp display or as an accompaniment to a Civil War period officer’s display. 21 7/8" x 10 3/4" x 6 7/8" when closed.
Note reads as follows:
"This desk is one / Capt. Nathaniel Osgood / always took to sea with / him S.W.O. / (Grandfather Osgood)"
Inventory Number: CAM 215