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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Writing Boxes
Writing Boxes




Exceptional Regency Rosewood Triple Opening Writing Box.
A triple opening rosewood veneered box, edged and strung in brass. The box combines strength, elegance, and impeccable workmanship in the Regency tradition.

 Rosewood boxes of this form are more unusual that their mahogany cousins.

 20" by 10.6". Circa 1825.

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Detail showing the strong brass edging and   inlaid lines. 

The wood shows the dark striations characteristic of quality Brazilian rosewood.  

Detail of the escutcheon with patent.

The top part shown open with the dark blue leather finely embossed in gold with pockets marked with the days of the week.

The box fully open. The velvet is original. Note the propping hinge which keeps the back upright.

Side view showing the form, the counter sunk side handles, the inkwells, and the pen tray.  

Detail of the fine gold embossed top flap. This folds down and has a document pouch behind.

The top flap opens to a paper compartment. At the back there are four rosewood faced secret drawers which are revealed with a spring mechanism.

Detail showing the catch which is attached to the thin division on top and which holds the concealing panel in place.
Details of the back of the concealing panel. Note the steel spring. 
For the historical context of this writing box read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

We have written a highly  illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies  which is being  published by  Schiffer Books USA. This box has been specially photographed for inclusion. 

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly