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Large mahogany writing box with many features. If you like your antique boxes to shout antique charm then this box is certainly worthy of consideration.
Measures approximately 20” x 11” x 7”. Construction with solid mahogany. Aside from one slither of replaced wood along the bottom of the back all wood throughout the box is original and complete. The replaced piece barely notices given the location and the fact that was obviously professionally done. The box possesses an excellent deep and rich patina, good colour and void of any unsightly light bleaching. Inlaid brass cartouche with matching escutcheon. Three inlaid brass corner pieces to each vertical along with inlaid brass bands that extend from the bottom of the box front over to the bottom edge of the back, Inlaid brass side handles. Please note the extent of the ground screw fixings to the brassware. The Georgians enjoy a reputation for making boxes that were practical, of robust construction and making things to last. Unlike many antique boxes produced later during the 1800’s the brassware was used mainly for protection and support of the box rather than for decorative purposes hence the brassware was fixed more securely and featured to a greater extent than later boxes when far fewer boxes had brass corners AND straps. Please note the unspoilt patina of the brass. It would be a simple task to clean the brass to a gold like lustre but it would be at the cost of character and arguably value. The side drawer is worthy of a few words. Accessed by removing the original brass locking rod to the box interior the drawer is of the usual Georgian standard, constructed with mahogany with well crafted hand cut dovetail joints. What sets this drawer apart from most is that it has a fitted and lined interior. The front two thirds or so is lined with the original red leather with replacement solid mahogany dividers that have been cut to exactly follow the lines of the original dividers. All dividers can be removed by sliding upwards so as to suit varying storage requirements. The back section of the drawers feature the original lidded section and two removable solid mahogany storage boxes. Both boxes are in extremely good condition with the original sliding tops. It is not often that such fittings are still present in boxes of the style and period. The lid of the box closes square and true and opens to reveal an interior very much in keeping with the box exterior in terms of degree of original features and patina to the wood and brassware. I was quite tempted to have what is believed to be the original surface to the writing platform replaced with a new surface that would enhance the appearance but given the degree of original features of the box I believe that once again such an action would be detrimental to both character and value and the decision is best left to the future owner. There has been a very minor piece of restoration insofar that replacement webbing has been fixed to the underside of the slope ‘fall’ to retain notes/cards etc. The webbing follows the exact lines of the original webbing and all of the fixings studs are original to the box. The office section is typical of many writing boxes of the Georgian period with wider sections than those of later boxes. The dividers and fittings are all original. Quite a bonus to still have what are believed to be the original inkpots albeit with one silver plated lid missing. Both storage sections beneath the writing slope platform are in very good condition. There are of course secret drawers and these are accessed by pushing a rod through a small aperture in the section beneath the dished pen tray whereupon the concealing panel springs open to reveal the three original drawers. The hinges and lock are original and the latter again worthy of a few words. Clearly stamped ‘ Turners Patent’ twice on the lock along with four crowns and unusually also stamped on the front of the lock surrounding the key hole. A small degree of research would suggest that the mechanism is quite a complicated affair. The catches of the lock along with a central ‘bolt’ lay flush with the box carcass until locked. It would be possible to get a key cut but once again I will leave that for the future owner to decide. It is quite a desirable feature of the box and a collectable item in its own right. The box can also be used as a reading lectern. As with most lectern boxes the original batten that is stored beneath the slope ‘fall’ has long gone and has been replaced with a solid mahogany batten that fits well within the apertures along the back edge of the lid. By way of a hinged brass riser the lid can be set at different angles. This facility ids ideal to display a favourite book, painting or indeed photograph.
To conclude….. For those of you out there that like boxes made during what is generally regarded as the golden years of box making with a high degree of original features that shout ‘antique’ it represents a sound buy. For the keen collectors it is worthy of consideration on quite a few counts, the lock, style and contents of the side drawer, the degree of original features, general condition and last but certainly not least, the patina of the brassware.
Unpacked weight 9Kg
Height : 18 cm - 7.09 in
Width : 50 cm - 19.69 in
Depth : 28 cm - 11.02 in
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Georgian mahogany writing box. side + secret drawers + lectern facility (LA3753 / LA137153) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being 1810.
In very good condition.
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