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 The rectangular box, possibly originally made to hold gloves, has been re-lined with paper, has original brass stop hinges, and is in very good condition.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.