This is an elegant and restrained sewing box from the Regency period, in black and ochre chinoiserie penwork. The major decoration on top and sides is of foliage and flowers with a scene depicting a hunter on the lid. The box sits on four brass bun feet and has two side brass carrying handles. The interior is lined with original blue paper and fabric. This colour, as well as pale pink lining, is very typical of the era. There are five compartments for the mother-of-pearl reels which are not original, but certainly compatible. There is a central rectangular cushioned compartment with stiletto, scissors and bodkin. The original needle book is present and there is a thimble and a needle guard in the depressed spaces appropriate for them. There are six other open compartments and another small lidded compartment with an opalescent lifting knob. There is a working key. Below the main tray there is a blue paper lined compartment which has a little staining but it is a special feature for all the lining to be present as this is frequently replaced in unsympathetic manner. In general, the condition is excellent for age. Width 9.25 ins (23.5cm). length 7.5 ins (19cm), height 4.75 ins (12cm). Weight 1380 grams.
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