English Mahogany Antique Stationary and Writing Box
ENGLISH MAHOGANY STATIONARY AND LETTER BOX
Calendar, writing tablet, two hidden compartments, drawer and letter slots
Item # 130004BVO13
This is a very attractive English Regency Period Letter Box with a Calendar and many hidden spaces. Crafted of solid mahogany, the two doors open to reveal a large orderly interior. The center of the desk features levels of letter slots, these scroll cut with fine scalloped form over a concave pen holder that can be pressed on either side to reveal a hidden compartment. Flanking the pen holder are a pair of replaced glass inkwells, these over a thin hand dovetailed drawer that pulls out from the bottom. At the top of the case is a calendar box, the little wooden knobs turning to change the day and date. This little box lifts out of the case to reveal a hidden space below.
The left hand panel has stretched twine secured by rivets for holding notes and documents, lifting and closing over original brass hinges with hand filed screws - this same theme is followed in all of the hardware, all of it being hand cast brass with hand filed screws throughout. The right hand panel has a small removable tablet, providing a clean surface for writing small letters.
In simply lovely condition, the mahogany carefully preserved under later layers of wax, retaining all of it's original hardware and parts (other than the inkwells) and in extremely strong and sturdy condition, this is a fine selection for anyone passionate about antique boxes.
Measurements: [Closed] 15 1/2in wide x 11 1/8in deep x 13 1/8Ã® high; [Opened] 29 3/4in wide
Left panel is missing some string along with the top-middle rivet. Interior missing one letter divider on the second tier of letter slots. Right panel writing tablet surface is cracked on both sides, one side worse than the other. Dent on outside of right panel (lower right corner), minor dings and abrasions. Functioning key included, possibly original. All hardware and screws are original. Early finish preserved under later layers of wax, some sunbleaching evident throughout. Glass inkwells are replaced. Please review images in the slideshow for a full overview of condition.