This very unusual desk was meant for the original manual typewriters, designed for his wife Edith who worked at home translating patents, after she gave up teaching. She was able to do the work of advanced engineers translating from English into Spanish or vice versa and occasionally into French. The front of this desk swings out slightly, then up, folding back onto the sides where it rests open. The top and bottom form two separate pieces. Inside a moveable board holds the typewriter with drawers to either side for papers. Oil finish with elaborately carved sides featuring heavy ornamental iron pulls. 39.5" height x 37" wide x 18.5" deep The chest itself is 14 3/8" tall.