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Antique figured Rosewood box inlaid with mother of pearl inlay Circa 1835.

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Reference: JB302

Description:  JB302: Antique figured rosewood box with rounded edges, inlaid to the top and front with fine inlays of mother of pearl and white metal depicting stylized curved foliage, the box  having a liftout tray, a separately locked side drawer fitted for jewelry, and  in the lid a document wallet with gold tooling and velvet. The box was made by T. Dalton, Manufacturer, 65 the Quadrant, Regent Street, London, Circa 1835. 

Origin: UK.

Circa: 1835

Size: 30.2 cm wide by 22.5 cm by 17.5 cm:  11.9 inches wide by  8.9 inches by  6.9 inches.

Condition: Good overall, working locks and keys, see images.

 

 JB302: Antique figured rosewood box with rounded edges, inlaid to the top and front with fine inlays of mother of pearl and white metal depicting stylized curved foliage, the box  having a liftout tray, a separately locked side drawer fitted for jewelry, and  in the lid a document wallet with gold tooling and velvet. The box was made by T. Dalton, Manufacturer, 65 the Quadrant, Regent Street, London, Circa 1835. Enlarge Picture

 

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The box has a liftout tray, a separately locked side drawer fitted for jewelry.

The red velvet is replacement. The wood under the main compartment has a label. The velvet pad has been made to lift out both to preserve the label and make the box more useful as a jewelry box.

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The box has the label "T. DALTON- Manufacturer 85 Quadrant, Regent Street London"  and "6 Gt ORMOND Street QUEEN SQuare.

Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840  has the following entry:

Dalton, Thomas, London, writing desk and dressing case maker (1829-39), Trading at Percival St, Clarkenwell in 1829 and 6 Gt Ormond St 1839.

There is a picture of the Quadrant  on the British Museum site:

An exceptional Brazilian Rosewood three compartment Tea Caddy  illustrated on this site bears a different label showing Dalton at: 85 Quadrant.

 

 

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The workmanship is of high standard; for example, the box is edged with a rounded piece of wood which finishes it elegantly and also protects it.

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 The liftout tray is made from fine grained mahogany and has molded rosewood edging.

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The document wallet is covered with ruched velvet and framed with gold embossed leather

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 The drawer has a separate lock

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Detail of the mother of pearl inlay. Under magnification it is possible to see small marks indicating that the mother of pearl inlay has been cut with a fine piercing saw. This type of inlay is time consuming work.  

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