This boxed writing set is held within its original box which is of teal and dark blue marbleized paper. Once opened the box contains its four original tools, possibly made of Galalith or Bakelite. The tools consist of a letter opener, a dip pen with nib, pencil with lead and small container at the opposite end and a small box containing two additional leads. The tools are all decorated with a Vandyke pattern of teal, darker blue and cream. It is of interest that the intensity of colour, particularly noticed on the pen, is quite variable and this may be original or a sign of wear and use. The pencil has two slits to hold the lead. The lining is of silk inside the cover which does show some signs of distress and the section containing the tools is of cream velvet edged with braid and there are several pale brownish spots. All of the tools have a faint mark for ‘Germany’ (hard to photograph on cylindrical objects). The condition of the box shows wear and some loss of the paper, particularly at the corners. The hinges and clasps work well and are sound. All the tools appear original and correct for this box and it is a bonus to find box and contents still together. Length 8 ins (22cm), length 2.75 ins (7.5cm), depth 1.10 ins (2.8cm). Weight 120 grams. This item can be seen in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 345.
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