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Quality Fully Brass Bound Rosewood Writing Box. Many Features. C1875
REF: LA4166 / LA326829
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Fine quality rosewood writing box in very fine condition with features that shout quality build. Good quality veneer with an attractive grain. Unspoilt patina. Twin inlaid brass strips to the top and front. Ornate inlaid cartouche. Inset brass side handles. The box features brass edging to ALL of the exterior edges to provide nigh on maximum support and protection to the box carcass. It is only upon close examination of the box that the thickness of the brass edging and the degree of fixings can be appreciated. The vast majority of antique boxes with curved brass edging tended not to be fully edge bound and certainly the brass was considerably thinner and were simply glued and secured with very few tapered ‘pins’ hence the reason why so many boxes of the style have missing or replaced edging!! All of the veneer and all brassware is original and complete. The lid closes perfectly square and opens to reveal an impressive interior, again with a few features that set it apart from the norm. The office section, rather than featuring a dished pen tray and a wafer/nib/stamp slope with the inkpot sections has instead a small lidded section and a removable tray made of SOLID rosewood. The inkpot is quite possibly original, the style and silver plated top in keeping with the quality of the box. Security was clearly an important requirement for the original owner as the box features two locks, the main box lock is worthy of a few words. Clearly stamped ‘ J.T Needs 100 New Bond St Late J. Bramah 184 Piccadilly’. The Bramah company is currently the oldest lock manufacturers in the world and enjoy a reputation second to none. There is a huge amount of information re’ the company on the web including considerable information re’ the mechanism of the lock on this box that was invented by Joseph Bramah during the early 1800’s. Basically it was considered to be THE most secure lock mechanism during the 1800’s. The second lock is a standard lever movement to provide additional security to the contents of one of the storage sections and the secret drawers. The keys shown are for decorative purposed only though both mechanisms have been tested and are in fine working order. The drawers are accessed by pressing the front left side of the left inkwell section. The concealing panel springs open nicely. The drawers are extremely well made and feature tiny extremely well crafted dovetailed joints….another sign of quality build. To the underside of the slope ‘fall’ is a network of webbing to retain notes/business cards etc. Remarkably the webbing is original and fully intact. Both storage sections beneath the writing platform are in excellent condition. The box has the bonus of still having the original leather. It is, as to be expected worn through along the fold line of the two box halves (the only part exposed to the effects of the light/environment when the box is closed). Far more importantly, the leather is fully intact across both fold lines where the boards are attached to the box carcass therefore ensuring that the boards remain in position when opening the box lid and when accessing the two storage sections and/or the secret drawers. The leather is of a particularly fine quality with more embossed tooling than usual and more intricate and crisp in style. Obviously this box has not been used much by the many generations of previous owners and is a particularly fine example of a style that was popular throughout much of the 19th century. RECOMMENDED. Unpacked weight 4.5 Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Quality Fully Brass Bound Rosewood Writing Box. Many Features. C1875 (LA326829) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being C1875
Postage/packaging is included within the price for deliveries within mainland UK (excluding Highlands & Islands). For other locations please request a quote prior to making a purchase. Items featuring rosewood will require an export permit for deliveries to Northern Ireland and any location other than the UK and will incur an additional cost and delay in despatch.