A good example of a travelling Colonial or Campaign Writing box, made in India in the days of the British Empire out of Camphorwood.
which as well as having a pleasing aroma, famously repels moths and insects.
The Camphorwood outer box has brass inlay and banding, and the lockable front drawer can be pulled out by its recessed brass handle , at the same time sliding back the' tambour 'roll-top and allowing the hinged lid to open .
The lid folds down to become a very smart burgundy leather covered writing slope, with gold-tooled edges, behind which a letter rack/secretaire can be pulled up from under the sliding roll-top. (see photos).
The top half of the writing slope can also be folded forward to reveal another (secret)compartment beneath, and between the top of the writing slope and the letter rack are set three small compartments to hold pens, clips ,drawing pins etc.
Finally, an attractive shield shaped recessed brass plaque is set into the sloping lid of the box
The Camphorwood box measures 18 inches wide x 14.5 deep x 8.5 high and is in good condition with inconspicuous minor chip and wear on rear of the underneath.
Made in India during the days of the British Empire c.1880-1900.
(A PC or Macbook sit very nicely on the writing slope- thus making this lovely antique piece a very apt gift !)
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