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




Antique  Fully Fitted Sewing  Box in Coromandel Ebony by Turrill of London,  circa 1840.

A box veneered in coromandel  ebony with metal stringings and mother of pearl escutcheon. 

The interior fitted with a lift out tray containing a set of turned and carved mother of pearl spools with bone screw on shafts. The box is of very good quality. 

The spools are turned and carved in a circular design which at first sight looks simple. It does however require considerable skill and control to execute a continuous design without wavering.

The ruched top folds down to reveal an envelope. 

 The whole piece is of superior subtle quality. The box bears the label of To The Queen, Turill, 250 Regent St. under a crown .

Circa 1840.

It measures:  11" wide by 7.9" and 4.6" tall. 

There is a veneer crack in the center of the top, which because of the darkness of the wood does not show clearly in the picture.

The original interior is covered in yellow paper and water silk.

The quality of the spools is particular.

The box bears the label of:

To The Queen

and under a crown  and encircled by a garter with the Royal motto (explained below)

manufacturer of 
Dressing Cases
Writing Desks
Leather Travelling Cases & c.

250 Regent St. 


The motto Honi soit qui mal y pense, or Evil to him who evil thinks, is actually the motto of the Order of the Garter. It appears on the coat of arms of The Prince of Wales, but also in the royal coat of arms used by the sovereign.

 This box is featured in our forthcoming book

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. 

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly