WB470: Writing box in saw cut veneered mahogany on oak.
This is a saw cut veneered mahogany box on an oak base. It is crossbanded
with a line of varied woods which is separated by boxwood stringing from another band
of crossbanding in satinwood.
The whole box is edged in boxwood and
has oak facings to the bottom.
On the top there is an oval cartouche which is inlaid in a motif of oak leaves and acorns. The inlay is executed in maple darkened with sand scorching on a ground of naturally greened wood (probably holly attacked by fungus).
There is a side drawer which can be pulled out when the box is open and the securing brass pin is pulled out.
The drawer does not extend the full length of the box.
Under the top flap, the last section lifts to reveal a secret compartment.
There are two reproduction screw top inkwells.
Size: 45.9 cm by 26.8 cm by 15.5 cm: 18.7 inches by 10.6 inches by
Condition: The writing surface is covered in blue velvet which is not original.
There is a working lock and key.
Veneer repairs under drawer and back. Central ‘dipping’ on the top. Repair to leaf in
inlay. See images: