Antique Boxes & Collectables
Rare Georgian Inlaid Writing Box. c1790
REF: LA3961 / LA338843
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It is always nice to come across any antique box that differs from the norm and this box certainly does that. Made well over 200 years ago the box has done extremely well to survive in such condition. Measures approximately 20” x 9” x 7”. Veneered with what is believed to be thick satinwood with an outer border of cross grain rosewood. There are numerous features that would indicate that this box was made during the late 1700’s- very early 1800’s and these will be indicated by use of an asterisk (*) when reference is made to such. Yes there has been a few areas of restoration namely to some of the edge trim and to the top of the side drawer and 2 pieces of replaced veneer at the back but they are minor considering the age of the piece….Please see the photographs. The most striking feature is the inlay (*) to the top, aside from a little staining it is in marvellous condition with no loss/restoration. The cross grain rosewood border features a very fine line to the inner edge that is typical of the period (*), again in extremely good condition. The side drawer is unusual insofar that it follows the slant of the lower section of the box rather than having a horizontal top edge (*). The drawer is secured by a lock rather than a locking rod located to the box interior (*). A replacement working key is supplied. Inset brass side handles in very good condition (*).The drawer is of solid mahogany construction with hand cut dovetail joints. All of the dividers are original and complete. Please note the very wide and deep sections for the inkpots (*). The lid closes perfectly square. Hinges and lock in fine condition, void of a working key. The style of the interior differs from nigh on all writing boxes made later insofar that there are no storage areas other than for documents/paper beneath one half of the writing platform (*) that is secured by a simple recessed brass swing clasp (*). The arrangement obviously resulted in the maximum size writing surface. The platform itself is constructed in quite an unusual manner with the felt extending to the carcass of the box rather than having a wider veneer border (*). Please note the nice finishing touch of the quadrants to the corners, two of which are thick veneer, two cut out and lined with felt…..I have never come across the likes. The felt, if not original is certainly very old and has the expected light fading along the fold line but remarkably is still fully intact with no tears!!! The underside of the writing surface that opens provides the name of what is quite possibly one of the previous owners…. ‘Capt Collins North York Regt’. I daresay research could reveal some details of the officer. Certainly in terms of design there are a great many other writing boxes that are more pleasing to the eye but in terms of rarity factor this item takes some beating…..Try finding similar…and in such condition. Unpacked weight 5Kg
Antique Boxes & Collectables has clarified that the Rare Georgian Inlaid Writing Box. c1790 (LA338843) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1790
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