Portable, folding writing desk of bird's eye and tiger maple.  Door on top inside may be let down to disclose section for correspondence.  Writing desk in center with 6 sections at top.  Lower drawer with brass knob.  Blue velvet inside.

Portable desk

Early 19th century

A laptop before laptops were cool! This portable, foldering writing desk is thought to have belonged to Judge Elijah Miller in August, 1818, the father William H. Seward's wife, Frances Adeline Miller, according to a note written in the bottom of the case. Decorated in bird's eye and tigar maple, the door on the top inside can be let down to disclose a section for correspondence. There are six sections at the top and the lower drawer has brass knob.