The moulded top is crossbanded in rosewood and centred by a hinged panel, enclosing a writing surface with pen and inkwells and a further silk-lined compartment. The interior of the lid has a semi-ellipitical panel with the initials E.H.C. beneath a coronet, which probably refers to Elizabeth Hamilton Cecil (née Burrell), (1757-1837, the ex wife of the Duke of Hamilton and third wife of Henry, 1st Marquess of Exeter (1754-1804). The square tapered legs are on brass castors, the table 70cm high, 58cm wide. The 1804 Burghley Inventory records: “Red Drawing Room…a Sattin wood work table yellow silk bag”.