Large and old solid rosewood writing box C1820
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A fine and unusual Regency period, rosewood veneered, brass bound writing slope with document folder brass screw topped inkwells, original and quite unusual lock and key, and three concealed drawers.
The top has a central vacant brass cartouche which matches the escutcheon. On either side are two flush campagne stile handles that lift up. The tops lifts to reveal an emerald green folder with gold tooling, which forms the lining the lid and was used for keeping correspondence, documents etc. This can be accessed after turning round two small brass tabs. There is a flamed mahogany platform which has been French polished, with a central pen tray at the back, a nib tray to the left and a small lidded compartment to the right. The inkwells are situated in each corner. The platform unfolds to reveal the writing slope which has had a new antique green leather skiver fitted. The slope flaps each lift to access storage areas beneath. One of the flaps has the original criss cross arangement of green ribbon, for keeping business cards and notes. When this one is open, you can press a timber catch on the right hand side, which releases a sprung timber section, which in turn reveals the three small wooden drawers.
It has been carefully cleaned, re-waxed and polished. It has had a new green hessian lining fitted to the base which replicates the original but rather worn, material lining.There has been some minor veneer resoration and there are one or two minor slight shrinkage cracks in the veneer to the top, consistent with the age. These have been wax filled and are barely visable. It is in overall excellent antique condition and ready to display or put to practical use.
Measurements: 48 cm wide, 16.5 cm deep and 15.5 cm high.