A Georgian Mahogany Writing box in
the military styleCirca
This writing box is in the military style, in
solid mahogany having good quality brass
bindings, corners, countersunk handles, and edgings. It
dates to about 1800.
It also has secret drawers,
Pair of original inkwells,
Velvet covered writing surfaces,
Working lock and key.
Dimensions: 14" wide 9.6 deep
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The writing tablet is covered with
embossed velvet which is probably original to the box. This does show
wear consistent with its age especially near to the join between
the two parts.
There are compartments for papers
under the flaps.
When one of the dividers is pulled a
sprung panel is released revealing two dovetail constructed drawers
with turned ebony handles.
The box is constructed with full-blind dovetail joints. The brass is fixed with iron screws which have
their heads ground down level with the brass. The result is a strong
and stable box which has survived well the harsh environments it has
had to encounter,
The dovetail joint is one of the
wonders of woodwork. In the full blind none of the careful work is
visible. If the joint is simply mitered it will not survive
atmospheric change. A mitered joint is end grain to end grain. The
glue soaks in, becomes dry and brittle and falls apart.
The dovetail joint enables side
grain to be glued to side grain. These joints would hold together
It is the true proof of these
dovetail joints made by craftsmen 200 years ago that their joints are
as they made them.
This image is courtesy of Fine Woodworking Techniques 1978
Taunton Press inc. ISBN: 0918804027
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Extract: Choosing and Making the
right joints by Tage Frid.
Detail showing the hand cut
dovetails used to construct the secret drawers. There are through
dovetails on the back and half-blind dovetails on the front. The
cabinet maker's marking lines are still visible.