The gentleman’s study

Hello reader,

I am writing to you from my study. I can tell you that it is like paradise in here. The rich smells of lacquered mahogany from my desk, cedar and tobacco from my humidor, scotch from my glass and leather from my chesterfield (and underwear) are enchanting. The light patter of my typewriter as I write (as well as my secretary as he copies it onto the computer) only adds to the calming experience. This communique today should be everything you need to know to get your study in as perfect working order as mine is.

Ian Fleming lived in the days before the internet (although, The Gentleman Blog still existed in broadsheet format). Here he is co-writing a novel with his two dogs.

First of all, I suggest you get yourself a typewriter. Sure they’re slow,  cumbersome and if you make a mistake you have to start over. But if you buy a laptop then you won’t need your secretary any more and you will have to fire him/her. And that’s just bad for the economy.

Sean Connery helps the country out of the recession by employing this scribe. Apprently he was a talented actor, but that's just the state of the economy these days.

Next you are going to have to get yourself a humidor for all your cigars. I suggest you store your humidor on your mahogany desk, which is another thing you’re going to have to attain.

Some more affluent gentleman prefer the walk-in humidor. Unfortunately you cannot store this on your desk. But if it's big enough, you can store your desk in the humidor.

You may also want to invest in a banker’s lamp. Make sure you purchase one with a genuine brass stem. This will mean you have completed the table of gentleman’s elements – leather, mahogany, cedar, tobacco and brass.

You bankers lamp will look something like this when on your desk. Also notice this desk have multiple drawers, all of which are humidors.

Your study can also double as your library. Line the walls with sturdy bookshelves filled with ancient tomes.

Your library may not be this big, but it should be at least three-quarters the size.

In between writing important memorandums and letters to foreign diplomats, you may wish to take a break. This may be to have a smoke or have a dram, but you should be doing this while penning your letters. We here at The Gentleman suggest you gaze at the heavens and ponder the mysteries of the Universe.

Galileo on the balcony outside his study gazing at the heavens. But don't stress, you're not expected to discover new moons of Jupiter... yet.

And so I suggest you clear out a room of your abode for the very highest of gentlemanly priorities – his study.

Until next time,

HL Griffith

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