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Quality Victorian Betjemann Coromandel Writing Box c.1860

REF: LA4704 / LA424202
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Please see my stock page for the largest selection of writing boxes available on this website. High quality Coromandel writing box in extremely fine condition. Made by Betjemanns, one of the most highly respected box makers of the 1800’s and supplier to many of the high end retailers including Aspreys of London. The box is reminiscent in terms of style to the tambour writing boxes of the Georgian period with the rounded lid to the back. The entire box exterior is veneered with coromandel, one of the most expensive veneers used during the Victorian era and generally only used on items of high quality. All veneer is original, complete and in excellent condition as is the applied brassware. The brass could of course be cleaned to a high lustre but the existing patina does contribute to the character of the box and is best left to give choice to the buyer. No shrinkage splits. No unsightly light bleaching. The lid and front flap close perfectly square and lock securely. The lock is clearly stamped ‘G. Betjemann & Son London’. The lock comes complete with a replacement working key. The box opens to reveal an impressive interior. All brassware throughout is original, complete, in excellent condition and again, with an unspoilt patina. The original interior lining to the lid is free of tears and stains and is fully intact. The office section comprises of two box width sections for notes and envelopes, twin inkpot sections, two small storage sections with the original curved top lids and a central dished pen tray with storage space beneath. The matching pair of inkpots are believed to be original, both in excellent condition and clearly have had very little use. The embossed velvet slope surface is in incredible condition!! To the underside of the writing board is an inlaid brass plaque engraved ‘J. Simonton. Grafton St. Dublin’. The location was, and still is the most famous retail area in the Irish Republic. James Simonton was well known for ‘fancy goods’ and photography and ran a thriving business named the ‘Royal Panopticon of Science & Art’ during the 1860s-1870’s but sadly filed for bankruptcy in 1876. (Information will be included with the box). The storage section beneath the writing surface is lined with Solid satinwood….all original, all in superb condition. There is a considerable amount of information re’ the history of the Betjemann family and the reputation that the company enjoyed for nigh on 100 years…..always for producing very high quality items. The poet laureate, Sir John Betjeman part inherited the company but I understand had no interest in the company and the company finally closed during the 1930’s. This box is an extremely fine example of the quality produced in particular in terms of condition, degree of original features and for many….the patina. Compare the price!! Very Highly Recommended.
15.5 cm
32 cm
26 cm
Unpacked weight 3.2kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Quality Victorian Betjemann Coromandel Writing Box c.1860 (LA424202) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1860
In very good condition
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