Campaign Lap Desk - Calligraphy Set

Campaign Lap Desk - Calligraphy Set


This Campaign Lap Desk is a reproduction of an antique writing slope or desk. These were very commonly used by well appointed travelers for providing a place to keep their stationary, ink bottles, pens and nibs. This set was made by Dutch company Authentic Models. They create stunning antique reproductions and calligraphy sets. (We carry their entire calligraphy line.)

A writing slope is what is recommended for calligraphy, and this set provides a very attractive place for you to keep your calligraphy and hand-lettering supplies contained. The box is high quality distressed wood with fine bronze closures. It is very well-built and has a substantial, but smooth feel.

The desk is French finish distressed, bronze hinges, with secret hiding spots and a special place for inkwells, styluses and lots of papers. Accessories include two belle epoque styluses and bottle of black ink. This was a classic campaign accessory, and is perfect for American Civil War or Revolutionary War re-enactors. This writing box would make an opulent gift for calligraphers, artists and people who love journaling.

This calligraphy kit contains:

• One (1) large wood lap desk writing slope (or writing box.)
• Two (2) turned wood styluses - one black and one walnut stained
• Eleven (11) steel dip pen nibs in an antique reproduction box - 2 Copperplate Crown nibs, 2 Spencerian/Copperplate nibs, 3 Mapping and Drawing nibs, 2 fine Ornamental nibs, and 2 Round Monoline nibs
• One (1) large bottle of Black Ink

Material: Maple and Brass - Honey Distressed French Finish

This campaign desk measures 15.9" x 10" x 3.9" inches (40.4 x 25.4 x 9.9cm) and weighs 6.6 lbs (3kg).

Because of its size, we ship this item via FedEx Ground/Home Delivery. We ship from Northern California and we usually ship 1 to 2 business days after receipt of an order. This may take 7 days for delivery to the East Coast of the US.


We can only accept returns or exchanges on art materials like this if they are returned to us 100% free of damage and in unused condition. Ink bottles cannot have been opened and nibs, and pen styluses cannot be used. If there is something wrong with the item or your order is incorrect, please contact us - we'd be happy to help! Please refer to our shop FAQs before ordering.

Shipping from United States

Processing time

1-2 business days

Estimated shipping times

  • North America : 1 - 5 business days
  • Europe : 1 - 3 business days
  • Australia, New Zealand and Oceania : 1 - 3 business days
  • Asia Pacific : 1 - 3 business days
  • Latin America and the Caribbean : 1 - 3 business days

I'll do my best to meet these shipping estimates, but can't guarantee them. Actual delivery time will depend on the shipping method you choose.

Customs and import taxes

Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Payment Options

Secure options
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations

Just contact me within: 3 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 7 days of delivery

Request a cancellation within: 2 hours of purchase

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale

Conditions of return

Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.

Questions about your order?

Please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

Frequently Asked Questions

Returns or Exchanges

Unfortunately, we cannot accept returns or exchanges on opened art materials and on delicate antiques. Please see individual product descriptions for information on which items we accept returns. If there is something wrong with your order, please let us know right away! We will happily accept an exchange or refund.

Care instructions

We try to answer most questions you may have in the product description. However, if there are any additional questions you may have, please feel free to contact us. We try to respond very quickly to any questions on our items. For our antiques, we try our best to list the condition of the item. Again, we're happy to answer your questions so that you can be confident with your purchase!

Custom and personalized orders

At this time we cannot create custom or personalized orders. Most of our calligraphy sets come "as is." If customization is possible it will be noted in the listing and you will be able to choose variables via a drop-down menu. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions!

Shipping Times

We ship orders out within 1 to 3 business days after receipt of order. (Usually the next business day.) This is not delivery time! This is how long it takes us to pack the item and ship it out. You can add in the delivery time after you receive an email that your item has shipped.

Smaller items ship via USPS First Class mail which takes up to seven days to the East Coast of the USA. If your item weighs over a pound, it ships via USPS Priority Mail - which takes 1 to 3 days from the day it ships out to arrive within the USA.

We ship larger, bulky or heavy items via FedEx Ground / Home Delivery, which is ground delivery throughout the U.S. If you need an item faster, please choose Expedited Shipping.

We ship from Northern California.

Reviews (4)


Item was beautiful even more than I expected. I got this for my daughter at Christmas and she absolutely loved it, thank you!

I love the desk!!!! It's just as described, it's light enough to move, and durable, well built the extra compartments are a great inspiration.

This desk is a thing of beauty. Perfect size, decent weight, and it's gorgeous to boot. I love the secret compartments!

It is everything I wanted and more! Perfect for storing and writing all my snail mail! Much lighter weight than I expected which is an added bonus!!!

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