This rare and decorative small malachite stationery or writer's box was produced in England and dates to the mid Victorian period, circa 1860. The papier mache box features the most wonderful faux malachite finish and is complete with its original Gothic revival gilt brass fittings. The interior features several original card storage compartments for storing stationery, the interior of the lid is decorated with rich red silk.
The hinges feature the William Tonks and Sons stamped mark reading ‘W. T. & S. Improved.’ William Tonks and Sons were Birmingham brass founders and metal workers who specialised in both plain and artistic metals. The firm employed some 370 people in 1871. Tonks and Sons produced the brass fittings for this ornate box; the box itself was manufactured by another craftsman.
Measuring: a lovely small size, Width 6.5 inch (16.5 cm) by height 4 inch (10 cm). Depth 4 inch (10 cm).
Condition: The key is missing therefore we cannot say if the lock is in working condition. There is a little foxing to the lined interior commensurate with age. Tarnishing to the gilt metal fittings. Please forgive the reflection in our images.
This is a decorative, very opulent box that is in completely original condition. A wonderful, quality item that will display excellently in any setting.
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