An antique, circa 1860, high quality rosewood letter box with divided interior. It has brass plates on the top labeled 'Answered' and 'Unanswered'. It retains the original Brahma* lock and key. This is one of the finest boxes we have seen. The box came from an important private home and it would have been the duty of the household staff to receive and deliver correspondence for the master and mistress.
*Reference: The Antique Bramah lock
The Bramah lock gave a new level of security to boxes. The presence of a Bramah lock which were complicated to manufacture is almost a sure sign that the box with it was intended for the quality end of the market. Origin: United Kingdom Circa: from 1784. Materials: brass and steel
The story of Joseph Bramah's locks begins in 1784 when he was granted letters patent for "a LOCK, constructed on a new and infallible Principle, which, possessing all the Properties essential to Security, will prevent the most ruinous Consequences of HOUSE ROBBERIES, and be a certain Protection against Thieves of all Descriptions".
Dimensions: 9.25" Length X 5.75" Depth X 5.75" Height.
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