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SA848897

Large Georgian Lectern + Side + Secret Drawers Writing Box. C1820

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Antique Boxes and Collectables

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Large solid mahogany Georgian writing box with many features. Typical superior construction as to be expected on writing boxes of the period with 4 screw fixed corner pieces to each of the uprights to provide additional support and protection. All of the inlaid brassware is original and complete. The box has been spared any shrinkage splits, something that can often mar the appearance of many solid wood boxes in particular given that most splits are to the top of a box. Inlaid brass cartouche, escutcheon and side handles, the latter typical in design for the period. Side drawer accessed by removing a brass locking rod located to the box interior. Given that a replacement working key is supplied (albeit tight), all contents of the drawer and box interior can be made secure. As can be seen there are some ink stains to the box but I, like many believe that it adds character to the item. The lid closes perfectly square and opens to provide a very large writing surface. The interior has obviously had some restoration. The replacement felt to the writing platform is free of tears and stains and possibly the long lid in the office section and the wafer/nib slope are replacements. The inkpot came with the box thus stays with it. Both generous sized storage areas beneath the writing platform are in very clean condition. The box has three secret drawers accessed by pressing on the side of box carcass beneath the long lid….a piece of masking tape marks the spot. The panel is possibly original and a new spring has been fitted. The 3 drawers are in fine condition with replacement material tabs fitted. Please note the original inset brass corner pieces to the interior. Though I would not go as far as stating they are a rare feature it is fair to state that they did not feature on most boxes of the period. Once again they have the original screw fixings and they serve to add yet more support to the strength and durability of the box carcass. Finally, the box also can be used as a reading lectern. A replacement solid mahogany batten has been very nicely made that fits firmly within the two original brass lined apertures to the rear of the lid and by way of the original brass riser to the box interior the lid can be set at three different angles. The facility is splendid when set in the lectern position to display a favourite book, painting or drawing.
Unpacked weight 7.2 Kg
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Declaration

This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as Georgian.


Dimensions

Height = 18 cm (7.1")
Width = 50 cm (19.7")
Depth = 26 cm (10.2")


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