• Item: Writing/Jewellery Box
• Circa: 1880
• Provenance: India
• Wood: Solid teak
• Decorative brass inlay to exterior
• Profuse brass strapping to exterior
• Floral shaped brass marquetry to the lid and front
• Brass string inlay to the lid and front
• Stained wood decoration to exterior
• Tear shaped brass lock plaque
• Original brass hinges
• Internal shaped mirror
• 10 Internal compartments (3 lids)
• Working lock & key
• Internal secret compartment (with lock & key)
• Stunning original colour
• Original polish & patination
• No missing parts
• Good original condition
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 day UK returns period
This is a fine quality and elaborate antique Victorian Anglo Indian colonial campaign teak writing box, circa 1880, in good original condition. It would also be useful as as a vanity, jewellery or sewingbox. The exterior of the box lid is decorated with a central rotating brass diamond marquetry and stained circular banding, flanked by fine brass string inlay, with a matching design to the border that also encompasses brass leaves in the corners. The front of the box is adorned with stunning floral shaped brass marquetry and stained wood, which depicts leaves, entwined around a floral-shaped key escutcheon. The box also incorporates brass corner straps to all outer sides. The box retains its original lock and key, which are in good working order. The interior boasts ten compartments, including three with removable lids. The floor of front central tray slides open to reveal a secret compartment beneath. The inside of the lid incorporates a shaped mirror flanked by shaped letter compartments. Much of the interior is constructed for easy removal.
This box is a truly classic example from the late Victorian period in colonial India and is highly decorative and unique. The level of detail and craftsmanship displayed is second to none. It is rare to see an example, which not only is in excellent condition but also in original condition.
The box features a mellow teak colour. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This truly is a very beautiful item with quality construction and is original throughout. It is rare to see one in such good condition.
This item would look superb in a variety of rooms from the office to the bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home or office and is a great investment, as it’s extremely functional. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely antique piece.
The box is in good original condition, which is commensurate with its age. Nominal old use marks to the exterior and leading edges of the box, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. There is no missing brass marquetry, string inlay or brass strapping. There are no missing compartments to the box. The internal mirror is in good condition. The box features its original external working outer lock, to the front, with a working key. The original brass hinges are also in good working order. As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.
Height = 22.3cm or 8¾”
Width = 44.7cm or 17⅝” or 1ft 5⅝”
Depth = 29.5cm or 11⅝”
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