William IV Mahogany Gentleman's Box with Brass Handle
This is an antique gentleman's box dated to 1835 (William IV) made of mahogany. It was probably used to keep personal grooming items and jewelry. Inlaid stringing using lighter and darker woods is used on all sides of the box as well as the lid. The inlay work along these strings is very good. There is only a very tiny piece of the bottom line in the center of the front of the box. The mahogany is in good condition except for a chip on the right side of the top of the box. The handle on the lid is brass. There is a key hole, but we do not have the key.
Opening the box reveals a mirror under the lid. The mirror has a few dark spots and smudgy areas perhaps because the mirror is old and was made by adding 'silvering' the back of the glass to make the mirror.
Inside the box there are series of compartments. There are three 1 inch by 9 1/4 inches compartments. One of the boards separating the compartments was split, however we have connected the piece and inserted it into the box. In the front of the box there are four three small elongated compartments, and a compartment 3 inches by 3 1/4 inches. The box sits on four square feet.
Also included in the box when it was purchased in England is a letter entitled "An Editors Courtship," (a love letter), initialized by the editor and author, A.H.M. We've included images of the four pages of the letter for you to read. It's quite romantic.
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