Very beautiful antique box, veneered in Coromandel wood, which donates the quality of the box. This wood has a lovely and distinctive grain and was used extensively from the Regency period. This box dates from the first 3rd or 4th decade of the 19th century. The box is inlaid with mother of pearl pieces, edged with pewter stringing, in the centre top and around the key hole. It has the original solid brass stop hinges and the original lock. The lock is missing one of its locking pins but the lock still works with the one pin (the lock is the original so is very old and it should be born in mind that it has many years of use behind it). The box is a sewing or work box and can be used as a jewellery box.
The interior has the tray, which has been relined with paper and silk in keeping. There is a pocket for hankies or letters, which opens out from under the lid. The pink silk to the pocket is the original, so is, of course, a little fragile, but overall it is in very good condition, given its age. It also has the original, beautifully carved mother of pearl catch, holding the pocket flap in place, and the circular central carved disc. The compartment covers also have little carved mother of pearl knobs, and the overall effect is very decorative.
The box looks very pretty when open, with the mother of pearl and the pink and silver interior contrasting with the darker exterior wood. There are some associated sewing tools, which include antique scissors, a mother of pearl handled stiletto and, bodkins, needles and thimble.
On the bottom (base) of the box, is the original green baize. There is a hairline shrinkage crack running across the bass widthwise; this is stable and not signficant as you can see in the photograph
The exterior of the box is in lovely condition with no repairs or cracks to the coromandel veneer. Coromandel is a hard and brittle ebony species wood so that very often antique pieces like this have significant cracks along the grain, so it is rare to have a box which is still in such good condition. There is only a very slight surface ripple if you run your figure tips over the top, which is consistent with an excellent antique patina, and which I mention only for completeness because it is too minor to pick up on the photographs. Similarly with the one tiny little indentation on the left side.
The box measures 10.75 inches (27.5cm) x 7.75 inches (19.5cm) x 4.5 inches (11.5cm).
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