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18th Century Solid mahogany
writing box with side drawer Circa 1790
This is a solid mahogany writing box made in the characteristic late
18th century style, designed to withstand military campaigns and/or
The box has drop down
carrying handles on the two sides; these are the early form of
handle. There is a side drawer which pulls out when a brass pin is
pulled out when the box is in the open position. There is also a
reading stand which is attached to the top surface when the box is
held at an angle with the hinged brass catch. The surface under the
top flap is mahogany.
There is an old baize
covering on the writing surface which is the correct lining for such a
Working lock and key.
This box is very similar to that which was owned and
used by Jane Austen. Jane's box is now in the British Library.
Origin: UK; Circa:
Size: 45.2 cm wide by 24.6 cm by 16.2 cm: 17.8 inches wide
by 9.7 inches by 7 inches.
overall; working lock and key; Shallow scratches stains etc in keeping
with the life story of the box. see images
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