tortoise shell

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A fine French mid 19th century red tortoiseshell and brass boulle writing slope  of curvilinear form  with engraved brass contrasted with tortoiseshell  to all sides, opening to a velvet  (replacement )covered writing slope and compartments for stationary  and writing tools having two original inkwells, and a working lock and key. The inside is veneered in tulipwood and highly finished  Circa 1850.