Scottish Coromandel Stationary Box, Laid Brass Decoration, Original Complete Interior
This a quality coromandel stationary box. During Queen Victoria's reign, coromandel's exotic veneer was used to make some of the finest boxes. Coromandel was harvested from India and South East Asia. It's very dense and has a vibrant and figured pattern, as does this stationary box. It's name comes from a coastal area in India. Coromandel is a variety of ebony, and is one of the most beautiful hardwoods. However, because of its quality as a wood for furniture, including the finest boxes of the day, it is now extinct.
This coromandel stationary box has laid on brass decorations including a large vacant escutcheon on the lid, and a smaller one at the key hole. The stationary opens revealing the original and complete interior of compartments for papers, envelopes and other writing tools. The underside of the lid is lined beautifully with original blue silk. The box includes a working lock and key.
The box is in outstanding condition. There is a very tiny chip at the underside at the back right hand corner. It measures 9 3/4 inches wide, 5 3/8 inches deep, and 7 3/8 inches high. The trusted and respected dealer from whom we purchased this stationary box indicated that it was most likely made in Scotland.
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