Travel Writing Desk Restoration

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Travel Writing Desk Restoration

Postby Barry » Sun Sep 20, 2020 8:25 am

I'm wanting have a go at restoring a vintage travel/lap writing desk but am unsure what and where I can find a replacement catch to stop the top flap from falling down. It appears that that original piece had some type of switch to lower a mortise... However this would have to be flush to the wood as the opposite side has no recess for any mechanism that stands proud of the surface. If anyone knows what that item I'm looking for is called that would be hugely appreciated.

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Re: Travel Writing Desk Restoration

Postby AsonnyA » Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:20 am

Don't know for sure, but thumb through the pics of this travel desk. I suspect what you need is something similar to this latch mechanism, which seems to "swing" into position.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/847232986/ ... -1-4&cns=1

Here's another example of a "swing" latch.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/806211821/ ... ro=1&frs=1

Maybe you can fabricate an appropriate similar latch.... brass, copper, bronze; metals that don't rust.

"Swing" is my description, not necessarily a proper identification. Whatever latch is needed, it's probably something as simple as a "swing" type latch.

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Re: Travel Writing Desk Restoration

Postby Barry » Tue Nov 17, 2020 6:36 am

Thanks so much Sonny for your reply. Very helpful!


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