An impressive Anton Seuffert desktop writing compendium of New Zealand native timbers, including totara, rewa rewa, rimu and puriri, two folding doors open to receptacles for paper, envelopes, etc, with a section to the back that pulls up to reveal year, month and day calendars. Each door has a panel inlaid with a variegated cube pattern and the sides and drawer front are inlaid in a basket weave pattern, with the back of one piece of burr totora. Original Seuffert paper label inside and a silver presentation plaque to the front 'To the Venerable John Frederic Lloyd, Archdeacon of Waitemata. A token of love and esteem, from the clergy of the Archdeaconry, on his leaving New Zealand, 7 Feb. 1870.' Note: Of all the furniture and decorative inlaid items Anton and William Seuffert are known to have produced, this is possibly the only desktop compendium thought to exist. W.440 x D.320 x H.430mm.