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Quality Edge Bound Rosewood Gents Fitted Dressing Box c.1850
REF: LA4264 / LA349283
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Of very sturdy construction and quality fittings and finishing there can be little doubt that this box was made for the higher end of the market. Made during the early-mid Victorian period. Solid mahogany carcass with an outer skin of rosewood veneer. Fully edge bound, thick brass rather than the more flimsy brass often seen on lesser quality boxes. Stout inlaid side handles. Original cartouche. Air bubble to the veneer at the back of the box but ALL veneer is original and complete and unless the box is ill treated the ‘bubble’ should not be of any concern and given the location barely notices. All edging and hardware fittings throughout the box are original and complete with a degree of the original silver plating in evidence. The lid opens to reveal an extremely impressive interior. Ruched velvet panel set within a gilt embossed leather frame to the lid that folds forward to give access to a ‘love letter’ envelope. Both side folds are fully intact with the envelope interior looking to be in unused condition. The lid interior is lined throughout with leather. Original freestanding removable mirror (some loss of silvering), leather back and frame in excellent condition, original pull tab still fully intact. The base section features the original leather covered removable tray in superb condition. Despite initial impressions there are 14 storage sections within the tray!! There are 2 removable small trays with storage sections beneath and a storage section beneath the base of the right side section. The leather covered small trays, the various lining, the pull tabs, the retaining hoops for the smaller accessories are in remarkable condition. Original small mahogany box with rosewood sliding lid in perfect condition. The storage section beneath the tray is once again leather lined and complete with the original dividers. Please note the hardware to box interior. French style lock clearly stamped ‘ VR Patent’ beneath a crown. A replacement key is supplied it serves to prove that the lock mechanism functions perfectly but a better key is required to secure the lock as it is not quite right enough to engage the catches with the hasp as it should. Virtually a full box width hinge with the addition of 2 addition hinges with ‘stays’. The box comes with a wide range of accessories, quite valuable in their own right. Quite how many are original to the box I am not sure. Aside from the long bottle that has a cracked top to the neck (top and stopper can still be secured), all items are in very fine condition. All tops screw on nicely. No fractures to the glass. All stoppers present. The photographs portray the items better than words but worthy of particular attention are the ‘boot pulls’ …..not easy to come by. Nowadays the vast majority of ladies or gentlemen antique dressing boxes are stripped of the accessories and used as jewellery boxes. Though not all of the accessories are original to this box it would be nice if they were to be safely set aside to be reunited with the box whilst used as a jewellery box. Lets face it…..It certainly looks impressive when the lid is lifted with the accessories in situ. VERY nice item that oozes quality. Unpacked weight 4.5Kg.
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Quality Edge Bound Rosewood Gents Fitted Dressing Box c.1850 (LA349283) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1850
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