Anthony Trollope’s writing slope

As well as being one of the UK’s most renowned novelists, Anthony Trollope is famous for introducing freestanding postboxes or pillar boxes to the UK. The Victorian novelist worked for the Post Office from 1834 to 1867.

Trollope had a 33 year career at the Post Office and during that time he used this mahogany writing slope. The top of the slope is covered in plain black leather with a label underneath saying: 'FOR POST OFFICE MUSEUM/ I, Josiah Leal, hereby certify that I/ obtained this mahogany desk slope from Mr/ Williams, foreman of the Furniture Branch in or/ about the year 1864 & that he assured me the slope/ had been constantly used by Mr Anthony Trollope during/ his service in the Post Office.’