The top slants but does not lift, which allows for two small drawers as well as a large drawer below.
The dove tails show the quality of construction. I found the stencil of the maker inside the top right drawer.
The stencil identifies the desk as the work of Patterson and Lavender, cabinetmakers whose business was located at 43 and 45 Cornhill Street in Boston. Their firm made all sorts of furniture for stores and offices in the 1860's, 70's, and 80's.
The seller has several other high quality pieces. I am glad this desk has found a new home here in Alabama.Here is a picture I found on line showing the firm's stationary which gives their address and highlights store and office furnishings.