The table with rising desks is combined with a pedestal case, whose hinged locking pilaster is discussed by J. Loudon under 'A pedestal case, for holding papers and other articles' in his section devoted to 'Grecian and Modern Furniture for the Library' in The Encyclopaedia of Cottage, Farmhouse and Villa Architecture and Furniture, 1833 (no. 2094). The type is also know as a 'Wellington' chest.
The Piccadilly firm of Joseph Bramah adopted the Patent stamp with a crown between 1800 and 1860.
Professor George Forbes (1849-1936) was an eminent Scottish scientist, many of whose papers are now at Edinburgh University. He was a special correspondent for The Times with the Russian Army during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877-8.