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A  very fine Regency Rosewood  writing box with brass inlay Circa 1820.

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Reference:  wb113

Description:
A  very fine Regency Rosewood veneered writing box decorated on the top and  front with a continuous band of brass inlay and a brass strip with fretted symmetrical ornament. The box opens down to  reveal a writing surface which still retains its elaborately gold embossed leather. The box retains its original inkwells. There is a nest of three secret drawers concealed by a sprung panel and  hidden under the pen compartments. 

Origin: United Kingdom

Circa: 1820.

 

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Materials: rosewood and brass on a mahogany and pine structure.

Size: 40.5cm by 26.5 cm by 11.5 cm: 16 inches by 10.4 inches by 4.5 inches.

Condition: overall very good. working lock and key.

 

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Detail of the central inlaid brass motif.

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The  front of the box opens down to  reveal a writing surface. The back which covers the pen and inkwell section folds back in the manner of Regency writing slopes. See : A Fine Rosewood writing slope inlaid with mother of pearl depicting Scottish motifs Circa 1830. However, unlike writing slopes, when closed, the box has a flat surface. 

 

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The box opens down to  reveal a writing surface which still retains its elaborately gold embossed leather. The box retains its original inkwells.

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 The embossed writing surface is of particularly high quality 

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 There is also brass accenting to the lids of the pen compartments.

 

The box retains its original inkwells.

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 Some of the carcass wood  such as the flaps are pine. This was probably to reduce weight.  

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The flaps lift up to reveal places for holding stationary.

 

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There is a nest of three secret drawers concealed by a sprung panel and  hidden under the pen compartments. 

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 The secret drawers are dovetail construction. They are made from mahogany and faced with rosewood. 

 

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Detail of the sprung panel which hides the secret drawers. The panel is released by inserting a rod through a hole concealed by one of the inkwells.

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There is a small lift out box with a sliding lid  .

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The box may be carried by the flush brass handles.

 

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 The box is very similar to the box illustrated at figure 492 of our book Antique Boxes, Tea Caddies, and Society -- 1700--1880, ISBN: 0764316885  Antigone Clarke & Joseph O'Kelly, A Schiffer Book for collectors.

 

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