Painted satinwood writing slope inlaid with an oval of sycamore. The
central oval has depictions of roses, convolvulus and forget-me-nots.
There are naive painted depictions of shells on the satinwood: a memory
to "Britannia Rules the Waves" The box is edged with
boxwood. Inside the box has its original green baize writing
surface with a blue paper lined compartment for paper underneath. The
box retains an original inkwell with Sheffield plated top and a pounce
The painting was sometimes
done at home the box then being brought back for varnishing. This is
when sensible young ladies like Jane Austin had much more
practical boxes.. See: file://WB603/thumb.htm
Origin: UK; Circa:
1800 ; Materials: .
Size: 27.6 cm wide by 22.8 cm by 7 cm tapering to
4.8 cm: 10.9 inches wide
by 9 inches by 2.8 inches tapering to 1.9 inches.
overall; working lock and key; see images