A truly magnificent calamander and engraved brass desk set in the neo-gothic taste by Betjemann’s and retailed by P & F Schafer, 27 Piccadilly, London. The set is of architectural form and comprises nine items, a journal holder with blotting paper holder inside, pen tray, sliding bookslide, small candle holder to enable you to melt sealing wax, large stationery holder and a large journal holder with its original five leather bound journals, (daily journals, memoranda, house expense, visits and addresses, cash account), all on a rising mechanism when the catch is released, a small lidded box with two silk lined compartments, a small wooden box on a base which opens to reveal brass engraved inkwell and finally a superb set of weighing scales on stand with four weights. 1p, 2p, 4p, and 8p. The address book has a number of entries and the flysheet is inscribed Nina Ellice, 87, Eaton Place. Nina Louise Mary Ellice married Arthur Davenport Bateman-Hanbury on 25th April 1893. She was the only daughter of Louise Caroline Lambton and General Sir Charles Ellice who was the son of Lt. Col. Robert Ellice and Eliza Courtney- the illegitimate daughter of Georgiana. Duchess of Devonshire and the future Prime Minister, Charles Grey. Interestingly all the entries in the address book are for men, with their name and address or club name, and she had a lot of names listed! Some entries are crossed out, some with the word married written alongside them. Was this a shopping list of potential husbands or an early little black book?