After the introduction of the 'Penny Post' in 1840, it was necessary to store stamps, initially only the penny, but later other values. This could be in a compartment in a large writing box or else in specific boxes for the desk. Here is a beautifully carved treen stamp box with three compartments for three value stamps. The top of the box has an intricately carved panel of a spray of three-lobed leaves and the sides with curving lines and dots. On the base is a roughly incised set of initials ‘THC’. The interior is masterfully created with three compartments each with a sloping front so that a stamp could be easily slid out from the base of the compartment. The box is in excellent condition and would grace any collection of treen, writing memorabilia or just appealing items. 3.75 ins (9.5cm) x 2 ins (2.5cm). Weight 46 grams. This item appears in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 348.