An exquisite mid-19th century rosewood veneered vanity box with mother-of-pearl floral inlay, Bramah lock, and fitted with various shaped glass bottles and containers with glass or silver plated tops, all situated within blue velvet and silk lined compartments.
The top and fronts have mother-of-pearl floral inlay designs, set within stringing around the outer edges. The brass hinged top lifts to reveal a full complement of bottles and containers. Also a complete ladies manicure set in its own tray that lifts out to reveal a blue silk lined storage area beneath. This sits within a larger tray that can be removed via two silver plated handles to access an additional storage area underneath. The long rectangular container that it situated at the front, has a circular vacant cartouche on the lid that was designed to have the owners initials inscribed.
The box has a Bramah lock (the best locks in the world at that time) set within a mother-of-pearl escutcheon. Unfortunately the key is missing but the Bramah company still exists in London after being in existence for over 240 years, and they can make a new key for it if desired, although it won't be exactly cheap. The lock can easily be removed by unscrewing two screws and so it can be sent to the company. There is a blue silk lined drawer that pulls out from the front at the bottom. The good news is that it still has the original key.
The inside of the top is lined with blue gathered velvet that is mounted on a board that folds down in order to access a secret blue folder for keeping correspondence, possibly of a private nature. Behind this, there is a mirror that can be taken out and stood up.
The whole box has been lightly cleaned and re-waxed, over the original French polished finish. It is in exceptional original condition. The veneer and inlay is in particularly good shape, with only a very slight age related shinkage crack on the top to prove that it is 170 years old. It has had very little use, almost certainly being used merely as an ornament. The only damage is to the rectangular glass container on the right which has a chip on the rim, (see photo) but cannot be seen when the lid is on.
Cleaned and restored to a high standard. All you need to do is wipe over with a soft cloth from time to time. You can occasionally use a spray furniture polish that contains bees wax, which will maintain its satin sheen. Please don’t use a silicone spray as this could be detrimental to the waxed surface.
- Wooden ware: rosewood veneer, mother of pearl inlay.
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