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A rare faux rosewood writing slope commemorating  the Brighton storms of the Early 19th Century.

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Description:
A Rare faux rosewood writing slope with scenes depicting the Brighton storms.
The  hand coloured engraving on the top of the box is by J Bruce a local publisher.  

 

Origin: United Kingdom. Tunbridge Wells or Brighton.

Circa: 1830

Materials: maple

Size: 26.5cm wide by 21, tapering from 7.5cm to 5cm:  10.4 inches by 8.3 inches, tapering from 3 inches to 2 inches.

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The box is made from maple the Rosewood look is achieved with paint. This type of work was done by the Wise workshop.

In the early 19the Century Brighton was particularly important. The Chain Pier was perhaps the first pleasure pier. It was built to enable passengers to board the Dieppe Ferry.   

 

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Under the flap there is a compartment for paper.  The engraving depicts the Brighton Pavilion. 

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 Detail: The Chain Pier which was designed and built by Captain S. Brown.

Before the pier small boats would ferry passengers from the beach.

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On the inside of the lid there is a print titled:

"View of The West Front of the Pavilion"

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Some further information and interesting links

On 24 November 1824 the toll-house was swept away during a storm 
http://www.mybrightonandhove.org.uk/chain_pier_history.htm 

The  hand coloured engraving on the top of the box is by J Bruce a local publisher. See http://www.citylibraries.info/pictures/ 

John Constable Painted the Chain Pier in 1824 and some of the same buildings are depicted.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:John_Constable_024.jpg#filehistory 

The Constable painting  is in the Tate Gallery collection: http://www.tate.org.uk/servlet/ViewWork?workid=2618&roomid=2634 

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