Tortoiseshell and Ormolu Desk
This appears to look like a miniature desk but as the pictures will show you, there is a compartment that opens on top and one that opens at the level of a desk top. I believe I purchased this piece as a holder of miniature sewing items. Little scissors, needlecase, needles, stiletto and thimbles would be placed in these compartments that open. Some of the Tortoiseshell has cracks. A unique piece!
Measurements: 5"h. x 3-1/4"w.x 2-5/8" x 2-5/8"d.
Circa: Late 19th Century