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




Antique Regency Fully Fitted Sewing  box with ivory tools circa 1820.


A Regency period fully fitted sewing  box veneered in Brazilian rosewood and inlaid with brass lines. The interior is lined in yellow paper, pink silk and gold embossed green velvet. All original. 

It is fitted with ivory tools and turned ivory thread barrels. 

The subtle exterior belies the interior of the box which is in real exuberant Regency style, executed with impeccable attention to detail and quality. 

Behind the ruched silk is a document wallet

It bears the label of Wm. Dobson. Circa 1820.

It measures: 11"wide by 8" deep and 4.4" tall. 

The box is veneered in well figured Brazilian rosewood. It is made in elegant simple lines and impeccable workmanship. 

The brass inlay accents the Rosewood.

In addition to the turned ivory thread barrels there are other turned sewing tools. The eggcup and egg just visible at the bottom, unscrews to reveal a tatting tool.


The gold embossing of the green leather is of particularly good quality

The box is fitted with ivory tools and turned ivory thread barrels. 

 There is some decay of the ruched silk of the back pocket.

The box has the label  of  William Dobson of the Strand London, who describes himself as: "Hardwareman, Stationer, and Dealer in fine Cutlery Patentee of Zephyr Pocket Books and writing Desks..."


He advertises " The lowest Price always asked -- on the lowest Terms possible."


This box is featured in our forthcoming book on Antique Boxes

For the historical context of this 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. 

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