I love these old English Victorian to Edwardian cutlery boxes, and while some have been refitted to other uses, like this one sectioned for writing paper, envelopes, etc., they're all charming on a buffet or side table or desk in office, (in this case). Magnificent serpentine bending of the form, great old woods with rich warm coloration to the various woods used as you see with the lighter accents of marquetry both inside and outside center lid. It's a large one at 13.5" tall, 9" wide and 9" deep.
Very good condition for age and type, it shows some age to the woods, just as you want it to. It's not a reproduction, but is the lovely older ones. This upright style of cutlery box dates way back, and in the case of this one, fitted later on as a desk/writer's box, the interior is newer than the exterior. I prefer the cutlery fittings, and I'd be tempted to have that interior fitting re-cut for this one if I had a place to keep it for myself. You'll be the one to decide - perhaps it's the perfect thing for your cards, stationery? By way of faults, I see no cracks or merit and no chips beyond the very tiniest nips. The hinge seems a bit loose to me, and I'll have Rick take a look to see if he can tighten it a bit more. We do not have a working key for it at listing time, and price considers that fact. Unless we annotate the listing that we've matched a spare one to it, please know it will come without a key, but does have a working lock mechanism within. Crazing along some of the wood, most notable near the exterior lid starburst.
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