Scottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch CaseScottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch Case

Scottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch Case

This is a beautiful Victorian Scottish tooled and guilt red Morocco leather bound traveling, writing, correspondence case. The maker is William Stanhope Milne and John Kolbe Milne box makers of 126 Princes Street, Edinburgh. They traded from 1844 to 1905. The makers names appear in three locations on and in the case all in guilt lettering.

Boxes such as this one are sometimes called dispatch (or despatch) are used by ministers in the British government and the British monarch to carry government documents. Similar in appearance to a briefcase, they are primarily used to hold and transport official departmental papers.

This box was a gift presented to Frances Baxter by John Cumming Macdona, who was a member of the British Parliament. We do not have information on who is Frances Baxter. But Macdona was not only an M.P., but was rector of a church in London, and founding member of Crufts Kennel Club as a breeder of St. Bernard dogs. The Crufts Kennel Club sponsors to this day the highest profile dog show in British culture and it is the largest show of its kind in the world. Perhaps Baxter worked in government, was a rector, or dog breeder. In any case, Francis Baxter received a beautiful gift on April 30, 1896. There is a copy of a photograph of J. Cumming Macdona attached by the criss cross tapes.

The box is fully fitted in red and black leather with a profusion of guilt inlays. The two London Victorian Crown ink bottles are in excellent condition, although not an identical pair. There is a lift out pen tray revealing further storage divisions, criss cross tapes to the rear of the lower fall. There are stationary slots and shelves under the upper fall plus further storage space.

Lifting the upper fall reveals two stationary slots and a collection of stationary tools with mother-of-pearl handles. The lock and catch mechanism is in wonderful condition, and at the lock is hallmarked with the makers' names.

This is a superb case packed with provenance.

HEIGHT 5 inches
WIDTH 12 1/8 inches
DEPTH 9 3/4 inches

ITEM ID
SL-006539
COLOR
Black, Clear, Gold, Red, Silver, White
ORIGIN
Scotland • Scottish
PURPOSE
Boxes
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Scottish Tooled and Gilt Red Morocco Leather Bound Dispatch Case

$1,595

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