Dictionary of Traded Goods and Commodities, 1550-1820. Originally published by University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, 2007.
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A term not found in the dictionaries in this sense, except for Joseph Wright's Dialect Dictionary, in which it is described only as a 'weaving term' [Wright (1898-1905)]. The context of the only example in the Dictionary Archive suggests it was some sort of mechanism for rolling cloth, possibly to run it through the CALENDAR that was listed with it [Inventories (1720)].
A WRITING DESK, more properly called an escritoire, designed to contain stationary and documents; in early use, often one of a portable size, hence one described as a TABLE escritoire - one to sit on a table [Inventories (1717)] or one 'without a fframe' [Inventories (1697)]. The term was particularly applied in the eighteenth century to one in which a writing drawer with a hinged front that lies flat when drawn out and provides a level surface for writing [Gloag (1952, revised 1991)]. Escritoires were invariably fashionable items of FURNITURE made of the best woods like WALNUT and MAHOGANY.
The first meaning given in the OED, an obsolete one, is for a DISH, TRENCHER or PLATTER. This meaning does not appear to occur in the Dictionary Archive. The two secondary meanings of a BASKET for winnowing CORN and by extension a CASTING SHOVEL, and a large open basket for carrying also seem to be absent. Scuttles have been noted almost entirely in the shops either for sale by the DOZEN [Inventories (1702)], or as part of the shop equipment [Inventories (1660)]. They were invariably valued at a few pence at best, and so were unlikely to have been baskets. More likely they were scoops of no great size, probably made of wood.