I won't list all the items you see.. but suffice it to say, I've got my keyboard,monitor, a couple of pens, tons of papers containing notes on characters, plots..etc. Tape, my mace gun, an old compass, a tall ship, cannon, candle, pictures of family, an empty mug that used to hold my green smoothing, lip gloss.. etc.. Does this tell you a bit about me? If it does, I don't want to know what that is!! LOL
Now, here is a typical desk from colonial days. (Picture taken from the Early American Life Magazine)
What a difference! How times have changed. Some of the items of note are the quill pens lying atop the pewter ink stand. To the left, a wooden sander and seal, a pewter mug (hey like mine! sorta), various papers and books, spectacles and case, candlestick, brass snuffers a snuff box, etc..
Either way, you could tell, then as now, much about the owner of the desk just by observing the things upon it. If a desk was large and ornate, most likely it was owned by someone of means, or someone in a prominent position. Desks were often handcrafted to suit the owner's needs and position and were of such value that they were passed down through generations regardless of the changing furniture styles.
Anyway, thanks for joining me on this journey into desks, then and now!!