This is a stunning antique Victorian Gothic Revival coromandel stationery box casket, circa 1840 in date.
Elaborately decorated with gilt brass mounts and an attractive malachite oval set within a brass cartouche with rope twist surmount.
The sloped lid reveals a paper lined divided interior which will accommodate your letters & notes.
The interior with inset gilt brass plaque engraved with the name of the renowned retailer “Ellerbeck 68 Bold Street Liverpool”.
This is a highly decorative piece which will make a statement once placed on any period desk.
In really excellent condition, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 19 x Width 21 x Depth 14
Dimensions in inches:
Height 7 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 5 inches
Malachite is an opaque, green banded mineral. It is believed to be a strong protector of children. It protects the wearer from accidents and protects travellers. Malachite has been used to aid success in business and protect against undesirable business associations. It is a stone of balance in relationships.
Malachite is always green, usually in banded tones varying from very dark green to a mellow green. Most malachite comes from Zaire, Chile and Australia.
Ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans used malachite for jewellery and ground it to use as eye shadow. It is used in amulets to protect against the evil eye. In the Middle Ages it was used to protect children from witches and other dangers.
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: A1744