A rare 17th-century Charles II carved oak writing or desk box, circa 1660. England.
The box opens on the original butterfly hinges to reveal a fitted interior of three oak-lined drawers.
The deep carving to the frieze is very much in the Westmorland and the Lake District style of the seventeenth century adorned with elaborate interlaced foliage and symbols.
It should be noted that the box has the most wonderful colour and patination throughout.