The fine old coromandel exotic wood that forms this trunk form writer's cabinet is just gorgeous. You can see why it was such a popular 19th century wood, can't you. The malachite cabochons set into the heavy brilliant brass strapping set off the wood grains to highest aesthetic. A stationery box, fitted with sections that would have held elaborately engraved monogramed note cards, envelopes, calling cards and as you can see, a couple of the small spacer-bars have been removed over time, but would also have been fitted for an inkwell and a sealing was monogram seal and of course the wax, and pens. For now forward, it's a superb box for your own stationery, or for your treasure trove of family letters, perhaps. The written note - the hand scripted love letter - all almost things of our past, aren't they. Just look at how valued they were once. And forevermore. This box is 9" in width (other measurements noted on the photos) and it retains the old working lock and original key. Just a stunning desktop box, isn't it!
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. You can see in our images that there are a couple of age lines to the old hardwood, visible up on the top of the camel-arch back. The brass strapping is all there and so are the perfectly preserved hand carved semi-precious stone cabochons (malachite) from Russia (we're quite sure). Working lock, original key. Beautiful patina to all! This one is just gorgeous, not quite pristine, priced very well for that reason. Don't miss it!
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