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1760/18: A charming early/mid 19th century SWISS MUSIC BOX in fine playing order and lovely original condition. Made by Etouffoirs en Acier of Geneva, this pretty box plays four tunes perfectly, and is complete with its original handwritten tune sheet, whilst the box itself is of walnut, inlaid with a marquetry panel to the lid. The movement is key-wound whilst both cylinder and comb are in perfect condition. 12ins wide; 5ins high; 5ins deep (30.5 x 12.75 x 12.75cms) c.1840

box, Music, object, Swiss

£1250

1754/18: A wonderful quality mid-Victorian burr walnut LADY'S WRITING BOX in very good original condition. Of glorious 'warm' honey colour it is bound in ornate Gothic mounts, all of which retain their original gilding. It opens to reveal a beautifully fitted satinwood-lined interior, with the original gilded velvet writing surface (a little wear to the fold); fine pair of gilt brass topped ink bottles and various compartments for stationery. Unusually for this model, there is a bank of three secret drawers, and it is complete with its original gilded Bramah lock and key. *This is almost certainly a box by Betjemann. Measurements:15.5 x 10.75 x 5 inches (39.5 x 27 x 12.75cms) c.1870

box, object, writing

£850

1752/18: A wonderful quality and complete mid-19th century figured rosewood LADY's DRESSING CASE in pristine condition. The case is of beautifully figured timber, inlaid with brass stringing and opens to reveal the stunning interior. This comprises TEN bottles and jars, all with high quality silver tops, and a gorgeous tray of implements (some silver) to the front. Below is a removable tray for writing including silver-top ink bottles; jewellery compartments etc. with a further compartment below. Good easel mirror to the lid and document pouch with makers label for: Wells & Lambe of London. Hallmarked for London 1845. 12.5 x 9 x 5.5ins. *A very fine Dressing case indeed! c.1845

box, Dressing, object, Silver

£2450

1751/18: A very good quality and fully-fitted GENTLEMAN'S DRESSING CASE in lovely original condition. The well-figured brass-bound coromandel wood case opens to reveal the interior with NINE silver-topped bottles and jars, plus silver shaving brush; pair of razors and two pads of original tools. There are two spring-loaded drawers, one of which, in the base, is beautifully fitted for jewellery, whilst to the lid is the concealed mirror and leather-bound compartment for documents, letters etc.. The silver is hallmarked for London 1874. 12.5 x 9.5 x 8ins (32 x 24 x 20cms) c.1874

box, Dressing, object, Silver

£1850

1749/18: *Langdorff et Fils, Geneva: a good quality late 19th century SWISS MUSIC BOX in perfect working order. The case is of ebonised walnut with a rosewood veneered lid inlaid with stringing and a central marquetry panel of flowers. This opens to reveal the fully restored and ratchet-wind movement in fine condition, which plays beautifully a total of TEN tunes, including ones by Strauss and Verdi. Complete with its original tune sheet. 23 x 9.5 x 7ins (56 x 24 x 18cms) c.1880

box, Music, object

£1650

1724/18: DUCOMMUN GIROD: a good mid- 19th century SWISS MUSIC BOX in perfect working order. The walnut box is inlaid to the lid with marquetry and boxwood stringing, and opens to reveal the movement inside which plays EIGHT pretty tunes beautifully. Both the comb and cylinder are in excellent condition, and it is complete with its original hand-written tune sheet. Signed to the end of the brass crank lever. 19ins wide; 7.5ins deep; 6ins high. (48 x 19 x 15cms) c.1865

box, Music, object, Swiss

£1350

1721/18: An excellent quality early/mid 19th century WRITING & DOCUMENTS BOX by Edwards, the famous box-maker to King George IV; William IV and Queen Victoria. The beautifully figured rosewood that is used here, is cross-banded with kingwood and inlaid with brass with recessed brass handles to the sides. It opens to reveal the fitted interior with the original gilt-tooled leather writing surface; pair of inkwells; two secret drawers; and separate brass-inlaid pen tray. To the inside of the lower slope, the original makers label can be found and there is a key to the working inner lock. 15ins wide; 9.5ins deep; 6ins high. (38x24x15cms) c.1830

box, Edwards, object, writing

£875

1712/18: A large and excellent quality mid-Victorian DECANTER BOX complete with its full set of four original cut-glass decanters and stoppers. The box is of solid mahogany, beautifully carved with flowers, leaves and Vitruvian scrollwork and opens to reveal the fitted interior with compartments to safely hold the large and original decanters. 12ins (30.5cms) high. c.1880

box, decanters, object, tantalus

£985

1698/18: A lovely quality (and quite early as these boxes go) fitted DECANTER BOX in excellent condition. The good case is constructed of solid mahogany which is bound in brass with a recessed brass military-style handle inset into the lid. It opens to reveal the full set of four cut-glass decanters of rather unusual and attractive design. All these are original and in perfect condition and the box is complete with its good original working lock and key. (Wine labels modern). 8.25ins (21cms) high. c.1825

box, decanters, object, Oil, painting, portrait, tantalus

£1275

1675/18: A fine, rare and impressive early 19th century Gentleman's WRITING & DRESSING BOX in excellent condition. Made using finely figured solid mahogany and beautifully bound in brass, it features an engraved cartouche to the lid and recessed brass handles either side. It opens to reveal a conventional interior with original writing surface and pair of ink bottles. However, when the upper inside lid is opened, there is revealed a fully fitted Dressing Case interior with Old Sheffield Plate lidded bottles and jars and other items, plus additional boxes with sliding lids etc. Below the long removable pen-and-ink section at the back is the reading bar, which allows the box to be used as a reading slope. 20 x 11 x 7ins (51 x 28 x 18cms) c.1825

box, Dressing, object, writing

£985

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

box, MotherofPearl, object, sewing

£895