19th century mahogany writing slope/box of great quality. The gilded brass bands, corners and side handles are finely made, inset and flush with the surface of the wood. Opening the box reveals a blue velvet writing slope that conceals space for stationary. On one side a removable inner tray can be lifted out, and a secret spring catch used to reveal a set of little drawers. Silver-plated topped ink bottles, pen tray and compartments for letter writing accoutrements complete the interior. The box has a Bramah lock but no key. A fine box, it was made for travelling, for someone wealthy, possibly military. It has been well used, with wear and minor scratching tp the brass, but obviously travelled in a case, as the condition and surface is exemplary. Circa 1870
A rare small table Cabinet/Box from the early 18th century. Made of oak, it has an upper compartment with a door, over a single moulded fronted drawer. The door has its original iron butterfly hinges and wooden catch. The brass handles are also probably original. In fine condition, this cabinet has always held precious items, and in turn has been cared for. Circa 1730
Early 20th century leather covered fitted writing box. Of good quality, the top is slightly padded and inset with a carrying handle, which, like the other metalwork on the box, is silver plated brass. The interior is fitted to hold everything for writing the ink bottle is missing. It even has a wipeable white board for memos! Circa 1910
Late 18th century table box. Made of oak and veneered with fine mahogany, it has a sturdy quality to it. The base moulding ends in small shaped feet. Original brass fittings gives a warm twinkle to the severity of the simple rectangular box. It was originally compartmented but is now lined with paper. The mahogany has a particularly attractive depth of colour that makes this simple box a little treasure. Circa 1780
An impressive early 19th century Book Box. Made of walnut, inlaid with fine line stringing, with carved fruitwood on the sides, it has the special texture of a Folk Art piece of treen. The spine of the book is carved to simulate an old leather binding, and does indeed glow like antique polished leather. Both front and back of the book is inlaid with a large cross, indicating the the box probably once held a precious Bible. The interior is lined in blue paper, with a message hand cut into the paper of the lid: "A Present". A beautiful and rare box. Circa 1810
Regency Rosewood Tea Caddy. With beautiful figured veneers and fine boxwood stringing in superb condition, it is fitted inside with a single lidded tea compartment and recess for a mixing bowl. An original pressed brass handle is well balanced by a similar, slightly ragged, replacement from the same period. Original hinges and feet complete this simple but charming Tea Caddy. Circa 1820
A fine quality late 19th Stationary Box/Desk Organiser. Made in oak, it features a sloping front that opens to reveal a letter/paper rack, pen tray, ink bottle, and a removable white slate board. The single drawer with its original brass handle contains a label: "Supplied by Jas. Bragg, Stationer and Bookseller, 105 &106 Broad St, Reading". Bragg is recorded in the Reading Street Directory for 1888 at this address. Well constructed, with rounded edges and a great shape, this box is in excellent condition. The catch securing the opening doors is missing, as is the bottom strip of the slate frame. Circa 1890
An unusual late Victorian Games Box in the form of a Snooker Table. The baized top opens to reveal storage for playing cards etc. Fine brass fitments around the top once held nets at the ball pockets sadly, they did not survive, but could be replaced with care and ingenuity. A rare little box! Circa 1900
A striking mid 19th century box, the front and lid banded in contrasting woods. The darker wood is rosewood, which is used to veneer the remainder of the box, whilst the brighter figured maplewood provides the contrast. The rectangular box, possibly originally made to hold gloves, has been re-lined with paper, has original brass stop hinges, and is in very good condition. Circa 1840.
19th century twin compartment Tea Caddy. It is rustic, using country woods, but well made. The top is inlaid with diamond shaped specimen woods, using the contrasting shades of woods to good effect. The interior is fitted with 2 lidded tea compartments, lined with grey paper. Excellent original order and a good waxed surface makes this tea caddy an attractive example of its period.