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Inlaid Rosewood Writing Box - Extended Office Section c.1870
REF: LA4362 / LA356077
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Very attractive, fine quality inlaid rosewood writing box in extremely fine condition. Good quality rosewood with attractive grain to all aspects of the box exterior rather than merely to the top and front as with many writing boxes of lesser quality. All veneer is original, complete and in excellent condition The lid closes perfectly square. All brassware throughout is original, complete and in perfect condition. Triple catch lock with a replacement working key supplied. Both storage sections beneath the writing platform are in what is best described as ‘unused condition’ with the original lacquered surfaces throughout….a general indication of quality. I am a little surprised that the box has had a replacement leather fitted given the degree of original features, the condition throughout and the lack of indication of use. I can do but hazard a guess that the original top surface had split along the main fold line? The office section is different from the norm insofar that the office section is extended and features 7 open sections of varying depths and widths to house note paper and other stationary accessories. There is no doubt whatsoever that the fitting is original and is in extremely fine condition with the original lining. The front section comprises of the standard twin inkpot sections, dished per tray with storage section beneath and a small lidded section rather than a stamp slope complete with the original incised Mother of Pear knob in the form of a flower. It is impossible to state with certainty which (if any) of the pots are original. Both fit perfectly, both are ‘different’ and both are in superb condition in keeping with the box. The inkpot features a brass screw on top with a crown. The other pot is not of a style that I have seen previously and first impressions would suggest that it is a pen rest (?). Though the box interior is ‘different’ and in marvellous condition arguable it is the exterior inlay that is the main appeal. Highly ornate surrounds to the Mother of Pearl cartouche and escutcheon comprising of incised brass, Mother of Pearl and what is probably the most colourful form of inlay used on antique boxes…abalone shell. All inlays are original, complete and in superb condition. The combination of the materials used featured on boxes during an earlier part of the 1800’s and enjoyed a revival during the mid Victorian era. Sometimes the degree of inlay was very extensive and though highly attractive it was to an extent that it prevented any appreciation of the beauty of the rosewood grain. One superb looking box in a condition to please with a few ‘different’ features that makes it a worthy addition to any collection. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Unpacked weight 3.4Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Inlaid Rosewood Writing Box - Extended Office Section c.1870 (LA356077) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1870
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