Georgian Tortoiseshell and Wood Inlay Woman's Work Box
This lovely rectangular tortoise shell box of various tones of orange, dark brown and blonde has a wood inlay framing detail of alternating ebony and a yellow hardwood. Its a very special box box because the laminated pieces of tortoise shell are quite large, and the top lid of the box is made up of a single piece of tortoise shell. Because of its age the top has some slight warping, which can be noticed by touch but is barely visible to the eye and does not detract from the beauty of this box. The box has a key hole that once used to fit an antique key, but the key missing making the key hole purely decorative. The lid opens up to reveal smaller compartments, little boxes that organize the "woman's work", 8 boxes with beautifully made lids and a total of ten sections and one roller compartment. Each lid has a nice wood inlay geometric pattern of tortoise shell or ebony. The smaller boxes are approximately 3 inches by 1.5 inches. A small hand-made metal handle mounted on a flower detail allows for the lids to be taken off. Under the compartments there is an other section, where more items can be stored. The box measures 10 inches wide by 6.5 by a little over 3 inches in height. Its a great little box to store special items such as jewelry, or it can be used as a stationary, or sewing kit. This box is a very special antique, from the 1830s, with minimal wear and remarkable inlay wood work. Its a great gift for someone who appreciates craft and wood working.
WIDTH: 10 in | HEIGHT: 3¼ in | DEPTH: 6½ in
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