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2127/19: A mid-19th century late Regency or William IV rosewood CORRESPONDENCE or LIBRARY POST BOX, inlaid to the top with mother-of-pearl to the lid and with two compartments; one engraved (in MOP) "Answered" the other "Unanswered". In fine condition and complete with working key. 9ins wide. c.1835

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2118/19: A spectacular mid-19th century LADY’S WRITING BOX in remarkably good original condition. It is veneered in finest figured coromandel-wood and is beautifully inlaid with brass, mother-of-pearl and abalone. It opens to reveal the original velvet writing surface; pair of original inkwells and similar inlaid decoration to the inside of the lid; all leading edges and to the three compartment lids. The interior is lined in best quality satinwood, with an inner (removable) satinwood tray. A lovely quality and impressive Writing 'Slope' in beautiful condition. 15ins (38cms) wide. c.1850

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2117/19: A large and rare Victorian period “educational” BOX OF MINERALS in superb original condition. Complete with working lock and key, it opens to reveal four trays of British minerals, each set within individual trays, and all of which are numbered and described on labels below each specimen. These labels all show the name of the mineral and the exact location where it was found in the British Isles. There are in total 200 examples . A remarkable and very scarce box. * Such cabinets of minerals were produced partly for education purposes and partly as collector's items. It is rare to find an example in such complete and original condition. c.1870

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2116/19: A most unusual and superb quality mid-19th century WRITING BOX of a particularly rare design, not seen before! Constructed of the very best coromandel-wood available, with its pale brown figuring, it is bound in brass to the corners and centre. The twin lids open to reveal a well-fitted interior with gilt hinges; a shaped pen rack; navy-tooled leather note “keeps”; a gilt-brass mounted cut-glass dish and a mechanical inkwell which opens and closes to keep the ink from spilling. The engraved brass “makers” label is for Schafer of London, a known retailer of Betjemann products. 11x11x2.75ins. *This comes with a signed photograph of Prince Arthur of Connaught dated 1889. (He was third son of Queen Victoria and became Governor of Canada) It is possible that this fine box was owned by him? c.1860

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2115/19: A very fine quality early/mid 19th century WRITING BOX by the famous maker: Edwards. The well-figured rosewood case is inlaid with double brass stringing and is fitted with twin recessed handles to both side. It opens to reveal the original gilt-tooled leather writing surface; two ink bottles; and a central brass-inlaid pen tray. Complete with original working key and two “Edwards” labels. 15 x 9.5 x 5.5ins. c1830-45 £850 c.1830

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2113/19: A good quality late 19th century fitted lady's DRESSING/JEWELLERY CASE in lovely original condition. The well-figured coromandel wood case, with its engraved plaque dated 1885, opens to reveal a fully fitted interior with ten bottles and jars, all with engraved silver tops, arranged around a central pad with original tools and implements. Within the lid is the “secret” hidden mirror (& pouch); to one side is a spring loaded drawer whilst within the base is a well-fitted jewellery drawer ~ also spring loaded. Complete with its original working Bramah lock & key. Hallmarked: 1884 c.1884

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2112/19: A charming early/mid-19th century miniature CHEST-OF-DRAWERS in very good condition. Veneered in rare burr elm, the two small and three ‘long’ drawers, with their original bun handles, are lined with navy baize and most are segmented making this ideal as a lady’s Jewellery Box. Beautiful colour and patina. c.1835

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2104/19: A charming and quite compact mid-19th century lady's fitted DRESSING & JEWELLERY CASE, in excellent condition and complete. The box is veneered in finely-figured walnut and inlaid with brass & pewter stringing with engraved brass escutcheons and brass edges. It opens to reveal the full set of seven bottles and jars all with engraved silver lids, and further opens to display the full set of tools and implements. A further compartment below holds the shoe-horn and within the lid is the concealed mirror. It is lined throughout in green leather, gilt-tooled, and matching ruched green velvet to the lid. The silver is hallmarked for London 1858. c.1858

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2100/19: A good large mid/late Victorian "honey" oak DECANTER BOX in excellent condition, the box itself edged in brass with cast brass carrying handles, opening to reveal the full set of four cut-glass decanter and stoppers in very good condition. Dimensions: 9.5ins x 9.5ins x 11ins high. c.1870

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2058/19: A really good mid-19th century marquetry Tunbridgeware WRITING SLOPE in particularly fine original condition. The sloping lid features a rare marquetry scene of Dover Castle within a border of oak leaves. It opens fore-and-aft to reveal the original red velvet writing surface and a pair of inkwells both with original Tunbridge tops together with concave pen section and a lidded compartment with a Tunbridgeware lid. The quality of the marquetry in this box is astonishing. 12.25ins (31cms) wide. *Tunbridge-ware is a form of decorative woodwork, typically boxes, that was made in the spa town of Tunbridge Wells in the 18th/19th centuries. The decorationconsists of a mosaic of many very small pieces of different coloured woods to form a pictorial vignette. c.1865

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2055/19: A good early 19th century APOTHECARY’S CABINET of the most desirable front-opening design. Constructed of solid mahogany with a recessed brass military-style handle to the top, it opens to reveal the full set of 16 bottles, all with labels and some with original contents. The two small drawers to the centre open to reveal pestle & mortar; further bottles & contents; brass scales & weights; pallet knife etc., whilst to the back is the “secret” poison compartment, with sliding door with four bottles of various poisons! A fine example of pretty compact size. 10.5ins high; 9ins wide; 7.25ins deep (26.5x23x19cms) c.1840

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2028/19: A spectacular mid-19th century LADY’S DRESSING & JEWELLERY CASE in fine condition. The box itself is veneered in red tortoiseshell and inlaid with engraved brass ~ a process known as “boulle”. The lid opens to reveal the superbly fitted interior with its complete full set of nine silver-gilt topped jars and scent bottles which are arranged around a central pad of tools and implements including a silver pencil etc. Within the base is a fitted jewellery drawer and the whole box is lined in fine gilt-tooled red morocco leather. Silver is hallmarked for London 1845. Measurements: 13 x 10 x 7ins. *The beautiful scissors, although very fine, are not original, nor is the matching mother-of-pearl handled penknife ~ hence the "friendly" price! c.1851

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2026/19: A charming and rare mid-19th century French “Palais Royale” MUSICAL JEWELLERY BOX in perfect working order. Of sarcophagus shape, it is beautifully veneered in rare highly-figured mulberry wood, and inset to the shaped lid with cut steel-work in typical "Palais Royale" manner with an ornate cast bronze handle. When opened, it reveals the cream silk-lined interior and plays three tunes automatically. 7.5 x 5 x 4ins (19 x 12.75 x 10cms) * Palais Royale is a former palace in the centre of Paris which became the most fashionable and famous arcade in all France, selling the finest and most desirable luxuries to wealthy Parisians. c.1860

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1889/18: An impressive and most unusual late 19th century DOMESTIC POSTBOX ideal perhaps for a hotel foyer. Constructed of solid mahogany with an aperture to the sloping top for letters, it features an interesting marquetry panelled front door depicting a scene of a farmhouse within a rural setting of trees etc., very much in the Art Nouveau style of Galle. This door opens to reveal a shelved interior and it is set on a double plinth base. 42ins (107cms) high. c.1900

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1812/18: A pretty early Victorian solid silver SNUFF BOX in fine original crisp condition. Decorated with engine turning and reeding with a cast flower border, it opens to reveal its good fire-gilded gold interior and with hallmarks to both lid and base. The lid itself is beautifully engraved with a presentation inscription dated 1841, whilst the silver itself is dated 1840, maker Edward Smith of Birmingham. Pristine condition. 2.75ins wide. c.1840

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1571/17: A good quality late 19th century SEWING BOX with a particularly fine and complete collection of beautiful sewing equipment. The box is of coromandel wood, bound with steel strapwork, and the lid opens to reveal a fine display of tools and implements all made of Mother-of-pearl. These include: set of 4 cotton-reels; tape measure; needle cleaner; pair of engraved MOP needle cases and pin cushions; set of 4 MOP winders; MOP thimble; scissors; penknife; wonderful ruler and a number of other items. Slight spotting to the 'royal' purple silk lining, but perfect in every other aspect. 11ins x 8 x 4.5ins. (28 x 20 x 11.5cms) c.1865

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