A simply wonderful birdcage style letter box with open sides in this case in an almost basket weave design.
There is a central divider within the box, with two slots to the top, one for Answered letters and the other for Unanswered letters. A member of household staff would be able to see if there were any letters to be delivered. The inlaid labels are made from Mother of Pearl, then engraved and inked.
The box stands on four turned bun feet and the top sporting a turned Rosewood handle.
Complete with a working key, this exotic gem remains in excellent condition, dating to around 1820. 7 1/2" x 5 1/4" x 6" tall to top of handle.