Exceptional quality Late 19th Century Walnut Stationery Box
An exceptional quality late 19th century highly polished walnut Stationery Box, with fold-down leather writing slope.
The top lifts open vertically and the front falls forward (with a further hinge) to reveal the writing slope with leather covered writing surface. The top writing surface has a brass catch and handle and lifts to reveal a paper storage compartment. The action of the front falling forward allows the ink well and pen storage area to spring forward. This compartment has two inkwells, a lidded stamp box and a pen tray.
Above the inkwells are three small drawers with figured walnut veneered fronts and brass handles, the drawers have their original leather lining. The main body of the box is compartmentalised to hold stationery, envelopes, pamphlets and to either side of the centre are two walnut edged ceramic note boards, concealed within their own storage slots. Further to the outer edge of the box on each side are four leather bound note books (unused) bearing their purpose in gold lettering on their spines (“Addresses”; “Cash Account”; “Diary”; “Letter Book”). To the rear of the compartmentalised section is a larger ‘slot’ containing a folding leather bound ‘blotting paper’ holder, or possibly for a note pad.
Attached to the underside of the lid is a leather pen and instrument holder with scissors and various ivory handled tools including a solid ivory letter opener.
The exterior of the box is highly polished and has two lovely quality ornate brass carry handles. Complete with original Bramah key.
Height 29cm (11.5 inches)
Width 43cm (17 inches)
Depth 25.5cm (10 inches)
Stock No: 911/2020/QSA
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