This is an early antique sewing box from late 18th century in the Georgian neoclassical, sheraton style; a lovely shape typical of the period. The box is veneered with a flame mahogany. It is inlaid and edged with box wood banding, and it sits on its original gilded lion paw metal feet. It has its original brass stop hinges and working lock with a key.
Inside is the original solid mahogany tray with its dovetailed joined corners and compartments. There is a restored compartment lid and the velvet on the pin cushion has been replaced. The original pink painted paper lining has been touched up in places. There are some sewing bits, including an old, rather worn pair of scissors and a bodkin case; also some associated reels (some modern).
The box is in very good condition. The wood has a lovely grain and colour, and looks good on display. All the mahogany veneer is in tact, there has been no replacement. There are a few tiny indentations reflecting its age and a tiny little repair to the box wood edging on one back corner. There has been some age shrinkage which has resulted in a lift to the lid and a gap on one side when close, consequently, the lid has to be pushed down in order for the lock to catch properly. However, the lock does work with the key.
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 (25.5cm) x 7 inches (17.5cm) x 7 inches (17.5cm) high.
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