Identified Hathaway Writing Desk - Inventory Number: IDE 091 / SOLD
These soldiers’ essentials acted as a portable writing desk for the soldier on the march. A series of nine wood slats secures with a rubberized cloth backing, these slats lock into a rigid writing surface by pivoting slat that locks under the brass brackets. A nice bold patent date stamped into the wooden body: December 24, 1861. The oilcloth material is separated in three places (does not affect display). Verbal attribute from previous owner stated that piece had an early ink tag stating “An old collector note stated that: “this belonged to one of the Kelly brothers”, no more is known. A wonderful example of this classic soldier essential.
Inventory Number: IDE 091 / SOLD