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Rosewood veneered ladies travelling box with secret drawer. Item 2163.
Inlaid with pewter stringing and Mother-of-pearl this ladies travelling box is veneered with rosewood. It is in very good condition and has retained its original, mellow patina as well as its original fittings. There are two glass scent bottles, two small silver lidded glass containers and a larger one, all of which are in good condition. The silver lids are made of Old Sheffield Plate. There are three brass knobs as handles on the lids of compartments. These knobs would also have once been coated with silver but the silver has worn away with use-there are traces of silver on the undersides. The removeable top layer has four lidded compartments and a fixed pin cushion. The central lid has a fitting to hold sewing tools. The compartment lids are covered in maroon velvet as is the inside of the lid which openes up to reveal a foldout envelope for papers. The rest of the box is lined with a maroon figured paper. In the foldout envelope, there are two late Victorian Easter cards, a calling card, a letter written by a child to a Miss Snooks of Roehampton, now a suburb of London and a late Victorian photo of an unnamed woman. Obviously these items were kept by a later owner. The spring loaded secret drawer is secured by a brass rod, the top of which can be seen in the photos. The box stands 147 mm high, is 275 mm wide and 203 mm deep and dates from around 1820.
|Dimensions||44 × 32 × 24 cm|