A good example of a travelling Colonial or Campaign Writing box, made in India in the days of the British Raj. - circa 1880 Camphor wood was traditionally used in India for boxes and chests because its pleasing aroma actually repells moths and other tropical insects.
Camphorwood outer box with brass inlay and banding, the front drawer is pulled out by its recessed brass handle which slides back the' tambour 'roll-top and allows the hinged lid to open . The lid folds down to become a (worn) green baize covered writing slope, 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. Between the top of the writing slope and the letter rack are set three small compartments to hold pens, clips ,drawing pins etc. The recessed brass handle is set into the lockable drawer front., and an attractive recessed brass plaque is set into the lid which could be engraved with a monogram.
18 inches wide x 14.5 deep x 8.5 high. In good condition with inconspicuous minor chip and wear on rear base. and with worn green baize on writing slope.
(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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