This is a beautiful walnut veneered box with parquetry banded inlay running across a domed top and down the front, in a Tunbridgeware style. It dates from. It dates from circa. 1870s -1880s. It has an inlaid mother of pearl central, diamond shaped, top cartouche, and a matching escutcheon. It also has its original brass fittings, stop hinges and working lock with a key.
The box has been restored on the interior, with new paper lining and silk, in keeping with the original. It has an opening pocket on the underside of the lid. There is a small brass antique thimble (slight dent in the side) and a pair of new scissors. There is also a silk covered needle case.
The box is in very good condition with only minor indentations consistent with a patina of this age. A little hairline surface crack in the veneer extends from the back top corner of the right side, but this is insignificant.
The walnut is a lovely rich colour and the box looks striking on display.
I have included lots of photographs so please examine these to help you make your assessment of the box’s appearance and condition, and if you need further photographs or information please do not hesitate to contact me.
It box measures 10 inches (25cm) x 7 inches (17.75cm) x 4.75 inches (12cm) high.
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