Amazing & rare antique English Victorian era 13 3/8" writer's box or compendium with ornate gilt embossed leather covering & interior accents and opulent Palais Royal style interior with original matching folio or blotter cover! What a fabulous and unique chest! The exterior in magnificently embossed maroon leather, rich gold with colored accenting and simply as gorgeous as can be. Not to mention its large size! The lid and front panel open to the opulently fitted interior lined in a light blue moire silk with gilt embossed leather framing the inside o f the lid and the cover of the folio or blotter. The space in the bottom of the box would have held a removable writing surface, unfortunately it's gone missing over the years but I would have loved to see it. Such a beautiful piece! The upper portion of the box also lined in the moire silk with compartments that may have held dressing jars or sewing accoutrement. Marvelous and in wonderful condition!
Very good condition. As noted, the slide-out writing surface piece is missing and would have been held in the bottom of the box. A few age imperfections to the leather outer cover but no real losses to note and it even has a working lock & key. The inside of the lock is marked "Patent" on each side. See pictures for all measurements.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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