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Regency brass edged  rosewood writing box with brass accents, countersunk brass handles  circa 1815 

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Reference:  wb130.

Description:
Regency brass edged  figured rosewood  writing box with brass accents, countersunk brass handles opening to an embossed leather writing surface and compartments for pens and inkwells, having compartments for paper under the flaps. There  are secret drawers under the pen compartment concealed behind a sprung flap release by pressing the bottom of the right inkwell compartment.
 
Origin: UK

Circa: 1815

Materials:

Size: 39.8cm by 24.1cm by 16.3cm: 15.7 inches by 9.5 inches by 6.4 inches.

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The box opens to an embossed leather writing surface and compartments for pens and inkwells, having compartments for paper under the flaps. 

The embossed leather is a replacement.

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Detail of the tooling on the green replacement leather

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 There  are secret drawers under the pen compartment concealed behind a sprung flap release by pressing the bottom of the right inkwell compartment.

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The lock plate is stamped "E Turner" and a copperplate "P" within an oval.  I have not yet traced any information on Turner, locksmith. However he was clearly productive as many surviving writing boxes have Turner locks. Some surviving locks are just marked with the P within the oval.

The locks are simple ward locks.

 

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The rosewood especially on the top is highly figured and contrasts with the brass edging which both enhances and protects the box.

 

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