English Sewing Work Box, George III 1760-1820
This a George III sewing or work box is made of a flame mahogany with gadrooned fielded panels to the top and front. The panels are inlaid with mother of pearl roundels joined with pewter stringing. Mother of pearl escutcheon and vacant cartouche. The work box is supported with four bun feet.
Working lock and key included.
The sewing or work box was a personal home accessory, where embroidery tools and materials were kept. Opening the sewing box there is a lift out tray with supplementary lids and sewing items---four tools are included in the lift out lid. Silk with mother of pearl handles is used to line the lids and small compartments. Paper is used to line the tray. The center compartment has loops which hold the tools, and the two compartments on either side are pincushions. Beneath the pull out tray is an empty space used to store additional embroidery materials.
Beneath the lid of the box is an envelope, lined in silk, which easily opens to store papers and embroidery designs.
The sewing/work box measures 12" wide, 9 1/4" deep, and 6" high. This is a beautiful antique English hand made box that could be used and/or displayed.