Antique Boxes & Collectables
Exceptional FULLY Brass Bound Amboyna Writing Box c.1850
REF: LA4238 / LA329592
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Quite a rarity this one. Very large brass bound writing box made during the mid 1800’s in very good condition. In all probability the box was made in Asia for the export market and obviously picked up on the European Georgian style boxes of the Georgian period. The grain of the amboyna is superb and features to every aspect of the box exterior. All veneer is original, complete and in outstanding condition. The construction of the box is rock solid. The main feature that sets it apart from European boxes of the style and period is the extent of the brass. Please note that EVERY edge of the box features brass edging including the interior…even the drawer front is COMPLETELY edge bound!! As if that was not enough the box exterior also features inland brass bands that extends from the front bottom edges to the bottom edge of the back. All brassware throughout is original and complete. Unlike most Georgian boxes the side drawer is secured by a sprung clasp rather than a removable brass locking rod hence the drawer is made secure upon closing the lid. The drawer, in common with the main box carcass is of very strong construction, obviously hand cut with dovetailed joints with shaved down edges to the base to fit grooves cut within the drawer frame. Original inlaid side handles of typical Georgian style with the original screw fixings. Original inlaid escutcheon with roundel tips. The lid obviously closes perfectly square on robust hinges. Nice finishing touch of the screw slots nicely turned in line…again in keeping with the precision of the Georgian box makers. A replacement lock has at some point in time been fitted and slight adjustment has been made when fitting the lock…void of a working key..a minor detail I hope you will agree. The two original writing boards are once again typical of the period….Three part construction with the side pieces jointed rather than simple pinned and glued and note the thin surround to the upper edges. Slight variation from most European writing boxes with the twin sliding slope clasps to secure to the upper section. The office section (typically deep and wide sections) comprising of small lidded section, dished pen tray with storage space beneath, and 3 open sections. A removable slope has been placed in one to form a stamp slope….a inkpot with loose lid added at a later stage. The box does of course feature secret drawers that are accessed by pressing the front right corner of the small lidded section whereupon the original spring loaded concealing panel opens nicely on the original spring. The 3 secret drawers are once again of very sturdy construction with hand cut dovetail joints. The writing surface has been professionally replaced, the green ‘antiqued’ leather suiting the box well and the gilt tooling complements the interior brassware beautifully. For the purist out there you will be keen to know that the two writing surface boards are secured to the box carcass with leather hinges….as was the practice during the period. This is only the second box of this style and origin that I have come across in MANY years of trading in antique boxes. If you scan the web you will find 2 or perhaps 3 currently available…..This example certainly compares well in terms of condition and features and EXTREMELY favourable re’ price!! An excellent addition to any collection. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Unpacked weight 7.6 Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Exceptional FULLY Brass Bound Amboyna Writing Box c.1850 (LA329592) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1850
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