Traveling lap desk, ca. 1760
Photo by Peter Harholdt,...
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Photo by Peter Harholdt, 2004 (before conservation)

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England (probably London)
Mahogany, maple, baize, and brass; Max. H. 5 in. (12.7 cm), W. 15 1/8 in. (38.5 cm), L. 17 1/4 in. (43.8 cm)
Frankliniana Collection, The Franklin Institute, Inc. (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1941.149
Franklin traveled extensively during his adult life. This desk is believed to have been made for him in England, to accompany him on his frequent trips around the country.
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