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Antique Writing Box
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    This antique writing box has an elegant look to it, and is quite large.
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    An inlaid brass plaque adorns the top.
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    This is the left side. The secret drawer can be made out here but cannot be opened while the box is shut.
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    The back is shown here.
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    The right side of the box is shown here. Note the recessed brass handle.
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    Both sides of the slope hide storage areas.
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    The purple felt has stains and is worn.
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    Here is the small split to the top corner.

Antique Writing Box

$850 $510

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SKU: MB520 Shipping: $20 Availability: Sold Origin Date: 1890 Condition: Good Dimensions: 18" w x 10" d x 6.75" h Wood: Mahogany Customizable: No Category: Tags: ,

Product Description

This is a large antique writing box with a hidden drawer! A very exciting piece that comes from England where it was made sometime around the year 1890.

Laptops of the Past

Writing boxes (also known as writing slopes) were the first portable desk. Made to make writing letters on the go easier, they combined style and function. Outside you have a pretty box sometimes inlaid with precious metal or stone. Inside a sloped writing surface and compartments for storing all means of stationary and writing utensils.
This particular antique writing box is made from lovely mahogany wood. It features a rectangular brass plaque and a brass keyhole escutcheon. Unfortunately, the key no longer remains. Both the right and left sides have lovely brass handles that are recessed into the box themselves. Inside is a lovely purple velvet writing slope. Both sides of the slope lift up for storage. One end is fitted with small compartments with lift up lids. These lids have replaced knobs on the top. While the slope is open, a small brass pin can be pulled up and removed to allow you to open the hidden drawer on the left side. This drawer extends the entire width of the box, so it is quite large. A neat little bonus on an already interesting piece.

Antique Writing Box Condition

The condition of this box is good. There is minor cosmetic wear (some would consider it distressing) throughout. The purple felt is old and has stains in various places. There is one small split on the upper left corner of the front of the box. However, the box is sturdy, and strong. The hinges are strong and work easily. This is a beautiful antique writing box that would make a great addition to any home for display or as a conversation piece.

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