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Circa 1860s Henry Chadwick Laptop Desk

Starting Bid - $2,500.00, Sold For - $10,925.00

Original folding-with-lock wooden laptop desk belonging to Henry Chadwick (8 x 4 x 12 inches) is decorated with emblem on cover which reads "Chadwick LI Star," and opens to reveal a purple fabric-lined writing surface which is designed to lift up to reveal two separate storage compartments. Additional smaller uncovered compartments for pens and supplies are also provided by the interior design. When lifted, the interior lid of one of the larger compartments reveals masthead newspaper clippings affixed by nails or tacks for the New York Clipper, The Mercury, The Sporting Life, and The New York Times, all papers to which Chadwick made great contributions. Also affixed are two Chadwick business cards, one identifying him as a member of the editorial department for the Brooklyn Eagle, the other as editor of Spalding's Base Ball Guide. Close examination of the lower portion of the lid clearly reveals the very legible, large handwritten printed identification and address "H.Chadwick 21 Grove Pl Brooklyn" ("5"). This identification is written entirely in Henry Chadwick's hand. The wooden laptop desk looks exactly as it did when Henry Chadwick used it in the course of his reporting during the earliest days of the game of baseball. Apparently this laptop desk was used for many, many years by Chadwick, over a period of time spanning decades. Chadwick began writing for the Long Island Star in the late 1840s. This was his first job as a professional journalist. Chadwick began writing for The New York Times in 1856, and served as editor of Spalding's Base Ball Guide from 1881 until his death in 1908. The "21 Grove Pl Brooklyn" address was Chadwick's home address from the late 1860s through the 1870s, and the two business cards date from the turn of the century. When closed, the wooden laptop desk has an appearance similar to that of an antique cigar box. The original key is lost. There is a crack in the wood to the top lid of the desk, but this does not in the least interfere with the sound structure or integrity of the piece. One of three known laptop desks used by Chadwick, this is an extraordinary and extremely significant relic of Hall of Fame journalist Henry Chadwick's career, which was an important tool of his trade as a reporter. LOAs from Mike Gutierrez/GAI and James Spence & Steve Grad/PSA DNA. Overall Very Good condition. Reserve $2,500. Estimate $5,000/$10,000. SOLD FOR $10,925.00


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