This document travel box is masterfully crafted in rich fruitwood and satinwood decorated with facet-cut steel pins, handle and escutcheon. It has supple red leather accordion style baffles on all four sides, enabling the document box height to extend from 1.25 ins to 5.2 ins tall but it could be a little risky to stretch it too much. The fruitwood panel on the top complete with lock and original facet-cut steel key, opens to reveal the interior with original fitted silk-lined leather letter pouch and moiré silk-lined base. This would have been the equivalent of a most expensive briefcase of its day. Although one occasionally sees Palais Royal boxes for needlework or toiletries, it is very rare to see a box for writing or documents. This example fits into the general style and quality of these other boxes. It has no maker’s mark but this is not unusual for Palais items. This box would be a beautiful and rare addition to a collection by those interested in writing or document boxes. Length 10 ins (19cm), width 10 ins (25.4cm), depth 1.25 ins (3.2cm) expanding to 5 ins (12.7cm). Weight 722 grams. The condition is very good – presenting beautifully. The loose small restraining leather strip for the pouch flap may be able to be replaced and there is slight damage to the internal flap. The key currently does not release the lock. The leather for the concertina action is fragile with a couple of short splits. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 206.
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