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I'm really tempted to treat myself to a nice victorian writing slope but wondered does any one else own one and if so are they comfortable to use?

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I have a modern one that was made by Bombay & Company.  I used it for a while (I often work in the living room with a notebook or my laptop in my lap), but now need to regale something in the interior that came loose.

I had a chance to buy a beautiful late Victorian one with a violet velvet writing surface at an antiques fair a few years ago -- but just couldn't justify the price.

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"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I have a few writing slopes, Unfortunately I am not a user due to damage to my wrist joint. As far as I understand they were designed to be used on a small table rather than on a lap. The larger slopes which would be more comfortable to use are quite heavy. 

I buy them because I appreciate the craftmanship and the history.

Happy to help if you have any questions.

 

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Sorry I should have added some pictures, This was a restoration project I bought years ago, Eventually I got around to sealing it with french polish and refitted the inside. I did briefly offer it for sale until my daughter saw it and it disappeared to her room.

 

50940399136_cdca17cc3b_3k.jpg2021-02-13_10-11-38 by my0771, on Flickr

 

50940399691_9d13a24dfc_4k.jpg2021-02-13_10-11-49 by my0771, on Flickr

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21 minutes ago, my63 said:

As far as I understand they were designed to be used on a small table rather than on a lap

They were indeed meant to be used on a table.

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14 minutes ago, my63 said:

Sorry I should have added some pictures, This was a restoration project I bought years ago, Eventually I got around to sealing it with french polish and refitted the inside. I did briefly offer it for sale until my daughter saw it and it disappeared to her room.

 

50940399136_cdca17cc3b_3k.jpg2021-02-13_10-11-38 by my0771, on Flickr

 

50940399691_9d13a24dfc_4k.jpg2021-02-13_10-11-49 by my0771, on Flickr

That is beautiful craftsmanship including the restoration.  I'm sure your daughter is very happy with it, and appreciates having something of her father's.

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I have the same Bombay slope as Ruth (above). It's nothing fancy, but gets the job done. I use it mostly on my lap while I'm sitting in my easy chair.

Rationalizing pen and ink purchases since 1967.

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4 hours ago, my63 said:

This was a restoration project I bought years ago, Eventually I got around to sealing it with french polish and refitted the inside.

 

Wow!!!!! That is a beauty!! 

 

I've been seeing writing slopes pop up recently on our local secondhand sales site and have been so tempted to get one. The one I particularly had my eye on just sold before I could decide, unfortunately. 

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Wow that's stunning its making me even more keen to get one now. 

 

On a side note my63 your dog is the spit of my dog :)

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My avitar is Diesel one of our springer spaniels sadly no longer with us, He came to us as a rescue, a former working/ stud dog.

I hope you can find a suitable writing slope please beware there are many over priced ones on the well known auction sites.

I have often considered making a writing slope, I think it would be an interesting project but I am so busy making pen cases and restoring bags and cases it is hard to find the time.  

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@my63 -- That's a beautiful piece.  The one I passed on at the antiques fair had a similar color for the writing surface, and had similar inlays on the exterior, but didn't fold up into the three sections like yours does.

@jmccarty3 -- I got lucky on mine.  Went to an antique/auction site's warehouse sale a few years ago and happened onto it.  Don't know what the price was new, but IIRC I paid $12 US for mine.  Which is why I'm not all that bummed about the interior piece coming loose.

Ruth Morrisson aka inkstainedruth

 

"It's very nice, but frankly, when I signed that list for a P-51, what I had in mind was a fountain pen."

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I have an antique one that needs restored to use it. I have been thinking of selling it, maybe at a pen show as I have no use for it. 

And I have a Pelikan Gunther Wagner Travel Ecritoire.  

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