A transportable writing desk. The wooden desk is covered black leather, with a brass handle in the centre of the lid. A small brass key is attached to the handle by string, which unlocks the top of the desk. The lid opens to reveal two ink dip pens, an ink bottle and the writing surface. The writing surface folds out to reveal a small open space. The inside of the lid has another writing surface which has ink stains on the blotting paper.
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Sydney used this writing desk to catch up on correspondence while he was on the train going between New Plymouth and Wellington.