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Antique Rosewood Box with Brass edging  by T. Briggs, Circa 1830.

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Description:
Ref: 861JB   http://hygra.com/box/861JB 

Antique, 19th Century brass edged box in figured rosewood by T. Briggs of 27 Piccadilly, London, with working  lock,  having a velvet and paper  lined interior, a lift out tray, embossed leather document wallet in lid, circa 1830.

Origin: UK, T Briggs, manufacturer, London;  Circa: 1830; Materials: rosewood and brass.

Size: 26.5 cm wide by 20.2 cm by 13 cm:  10.4 inches wide by 8  inches by  4.1 inches.

Condition: good overall; working lock and key; see images

Keywords: Hygra.com, Antique box,  T. Briggs, 27 Piccadilly, rosewood, 

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The box opens to a paper and velvet lift-out tray and a document wallet in the lid.

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The box has a compartmentalized interior with lift-out tray. 

There is a document wallet in the lid behind the ruched velvet framed by gold embossed leather. 

 

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Detail of the lift out tray

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There is a tooled leather document wallet in the lid. Inside the document wallet there is a label "Briggs Manufacturer, 27 Piccadilly".

The entry for Briggs in the Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 reads: 
"Briggs, Thomas London, cm, writing desk and dressing case maker (1819-35. (D) Addresses given at 20 Newington Causeway, 1819-23, and at 27 Piccadilly, 1829-36)"

Briggs is still listed at the Piccadilly address in the 1865 directory.

 

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"Briggs, Thomas London, cm, writing desk and dressing case maker (1819-35. (D) Addresses given at 20 Newington Causeway, 1819-23, and at 27 Piccadilly, 1829-36"

 

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The lock plate is stamped "Patent". It is a one lever lock.

The knurled brass escutcheon looks familiarly like those used by Bramah locks.

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The figure of the rosewood is dramatic.

 

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The brass escutcheon in the center of the top is engraved "JOHN H. HOWARD R.N."

A Google search has turned up:

http://www.ampltd.co.uk/../nightingale_parts_1_to_4/.../Nightingale1-4.pdf 

"16 oward (—). of Faversham; wife of [Capt.?] John [H?] Howard, [R.N.?].
Correspondence with Florence Nightingale 1887
Add. 52427 ff. 108111"

The official catalogue of the "The Chelsea Royal Naval Exhibition , 1891"  includes a box lent by Captain John H. Howard, R.N,

"3276 Small flat circular box of oak, the lid inlaid with pine wood. Inside
of the lid, a silver plate bears the inscription ' Hull of the Vanguard,
mast of L'Orient." Lent by Captain John H. Howard. R.N."


 

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The rounded brass also frames the bottom. The velvet is so the box wont scratch furniture.

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