An Antique English Victorian coromandel and brass banded jewellery casket, circa 1840 in date.
This splendid dressing casket is rectangular in shape and features a luxurious double-strung thick brass border, with the centre of the lid displaying a Gothic initialled monogram engraved with the initials and flush fitting handles to the sides.
The hinged top has a hidden correspondence folder in purple velvet and Morrocan leather on the underside, and the casket has a magnificent interior with one rectangular pull out compartment ready to store your precious items.
This is a remarkable coromandel jewellery casket, which is sure to bring opulence wherever is placed.
In excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 16 x Width 32 x Depth 24
Dimensions in inches:
Height 6 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 9 inches
Coromandel wood or Calamander wood
is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, ‘kalu-medhiriya’, which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood.
Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.
Our reference: A2233