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Davenport desk; 19th Century; XHC.18

Davenport desk; 19th Century; XHC.18
Davenport desk
About this object
Davenport; a davenport writing desk with a walnut veneer, dating to the mid-Victorian period. The top writing slope has a central piece of black leather edged with gold leaf detail. The top is hinged, revealing four drawers, and has a lock mechanism but no key. The base consists of four drawers accessible from the right side; with four false drawer fronts at the left. The front is supported by two spiral barley-twist legs. The desk sits on brass casters.

This davenport is believed to have belonged to Lady Atkinson, Harry’s second wife, and is a representative example of the high quality furniture they would have enjoyed.

For more information about Hurworth Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

Date Made
19th Century
Medium and Materials
walnut; leather; brass
84.5 x 53.5 x 50.5cm
Credit Line
Collection of Hurworth Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga
Object Type
Object number


Annie Atkinson
Lady Atkinson
Monica Brewster

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