Antique English Victorian Era Papier Mache Writer’s Box, Inlaid Mother of Pearl. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We’ll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our’Favorites’ customers. A rather unique lap desk, writer’s box, typical with the original velvet writing surface on inside lid, but rather unique in that it is fitted out with foil-lined compartments and lids for some. The foil and a spot for matches makes me think it was a combination correspondence box and also cigars box. The size is also interesting, smaller at 10.5″ x 7.25″ and nearly 2 in depth, no slant to it. Well preserved, all that gorgeous mother of pearl and abalone marquetry work and hand painted rocaille in gold. I see a single piece of the pearl lifted from its spot, far left garland. Very good condition for age and type. Quite typical for the old papier mache to chip, and there is one corner chip, visible in our images. The old hinges are each there, it looks like a little restoration or insetting of the hinge might have been done at some point. Photos show it from all angles. The old velvet writing surface is very nice, still. Working lock but no key at listing time. Likely a souvenir of the Grand Tour, it is English. In this quality range, I usually look for Jennens & Bettridge mark but this one is unmarked. We’re easy to deal with. You are very important! Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 – 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. _gsrx_vers_631 GS 6.9.8b6 (631). This item is in the category “Collectibles\Pens & Writing Instruments\Inkwells”. The seller is “antiquesuncommontreasure” and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Age: 1850-1899
- Original/Reproduction: Original
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom