A fine example of a Victorian burr walnut and ebony writing box or box desk.
The box has a side drawer, a secret compartment of drawers and brass military style handles.
The box is mahogany with burr walnut veneers ebony corners and edges.
The interior has a blue leather covered writing slope that hinges open to a stationery storage area underneath.
To the front edge is a pen rack, two inkwells and two leather lidded storage compartments.
To the left hand side is a brass pin which when pulled out lets the side drawer open.
The ‘pin’ is used to open the secret compartment by pressing down behind the lock which releases the panel to reveal four small mahogany drawers that are lined in blue velvet.
The box has a bramah lock and a working key and is in good condition.
The brass plate in the top is inscribed as being given as a gift in March 1871. (Circa 1870)
Height 19cm (7.5 inches)
Length 51cm (20 inches)
Depth 30cm (11.8 inches)