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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Writing Boxes
Writing Boxes


Brazilian Rosewood Writing Box with Brass Corners and Bindings Circa 1840

A Brazilian Rosewood Writing Box with Brass Corners and Bindings Circa 1840.

 The box is veneered with  thickly cut well figured rosewood on a construction of mahogany.

17.6" by 9.6"

The top showing the figure and the shaped inlaid central plaque.
The writing surface is a replacement embossed leather. The rosewood surround of the leather is also a restoration. 


Inside the lower part is a compartment for papers. 
Top compartment showing another space for papers and pen tray. Below the pen tray is a  hidden compartment.
The sprung flap is released by inserting a rod into a small hole at the bottom of the inkwell compartment. There are two rosewood faced secret drawers.
View showing the side with side drawer with inset handle. There is a identical handle on the other side.
The drawer can be pulled out  when the brass rod is pulled up. 

Note the hand cut blind dovetails.

For the historical context of this writing box read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

We have written a highly illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea Caddies which is in the process of publication  by Schiffer Books USA.  

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly