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Antique Boxes in English Society
1760 -1900
Writing Boxes
Writing Boxes




Georgian Mahogany Brass bound Writing Box circa 1790.
A typical Georgian writing box in mahogany with brass corners and side handles. The drop handles point to an early date.


 The box of a standard large size of 20.8" in length by 9.7".  Circa 1790.

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End view showing the well patinated surface.

The writing surface velvet is a replacement. 

There is a side drawer which is released by pulling the brass rod upwards.

Detail showing the hand cut dovetails and the handle. Note the early type of screws used for fixing the brass.

Inside the top part showing a compartment for papers. There is an old repair on the flap which has been strengthened with a cleat. The ink stains bear witness to early pencraft. 

 Note how the top box is transformed into a reading stand.

Detail showing the adjustable prop used when the box is in the reading stand position.

The other side also has a handle. Note the stop which stops the handle from opening too far. The box retains its well patinated original finish.

For the historical context of this writing box read the relevant part of Antigone's Online Antique Box Book. If you click here you will go there.

We have written a highly  illustrated book on Antique Boxes and Tea caddies  which is being  published by  Schiffer Books USA. This box has been specially photographed for inclusion. 

  © 2002 Antigone Clarke and Joseph O'Kelly