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 (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, 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 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. also with worn green baize on writing slope which could be replaced at a cost of $250 with gold tooled leather.
I AM HAVING THE INSIDE OF THE BOX RESTORED AND THE OLD GREEN BAIZE REPLACED BY A BURGUNDY RED LEATHER LINING WITH GOLD TOOLED EDGING> NEW PHOTOS WILL BE POSTED WHEN THIS IS COMPLETED.
(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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