Antique Coromandel & Satinwood Stationery Writing Table Cabinet
Antique Stationery Cabinet Veneered in striking coromandel with silvered handled drawer to the base, and Bramah lock. Opening the cabinet reveals a striking contrast interior veneered in another exotic timber, satinwood. With several compartments for letters and stationery, inkwells and... Read More
|38.5 × 30.5 × 44 cm
Antique Stationery Cabinet Veneered in striking coromandel with silvered handled drawer to the base, and Bramah lock. Opening the cabinet reveals a striking contrast interior veneered in another exotic timber, satinwood. With several compartments for letters and stationery, inkwells and pen tray. The top of the cabinet opens to reveal further storage space and allows access to the original date, day & month cards. The inside of the doors features a crossbanded ribbon letter holder and has its original writing slate which can be removed from the other door.
This fabulous antique stationery cabinet comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.
All our items come with authentication certificate with image, as well as our latest catalogue, how to look after your antique booklet, care instructions and separate invoice for insurance purposes. On top of this our items come with 14 day no quibble money back guarantee and are all fully insured for when shipping.
Hampton Antiques stock many different styles of Writing Box. The Writing Box symbolises great milestones in social & economic history.
For many centuries, and in many cultures, portable boxes for writing materials had existed. In England, it was not until the late 18th century that a variation in social & economic circumstances made it essential to have the use of a portable desk in the form of a box which could be used on a lap or table. The Writing Box, or Lap Desk, was born!
The first writing boxes symbolised intelligence, knowledge of commerce and the world, with style and fashion being a lesser priority at this time. For around 100 years from the late 1700s, the writing box featured strongly on military expeditions, travels, libraries and in drawing rooms. Famous literature, contracts, letters and postcards were written on it. The Writing Box was a personal possession, unlike the writing desk or table.
In the late 1700s, worldwide travel was not a simple affair. Travellers of all kinds, as well as Military staff needed compact & strong boxes, which could stand the test of long & arduous journeys. As a result, the Military, or Campaign box was created. The Captain’s, or Campaign Writing Box is much more mechanically complex and quite intriguing! These boxes are generally brass-bound, have secret drawers, candlesticks & a screw-down mechanism which comes out the bottom of the box and fixes it to a piece of furniture or ships deck, for security purposes but for particularly rough sea voyages. Boxes we come across of this style are rarely the same in terms of arrangement of secret compartments & drawers, adding to their character. Campaign & Military style Boxes were made and used well into the 19th century. Charles Dickens and Lord Byron were famous users of this type of Box.
In the early to mid 1800s letter writing became a hugely popular pass-time, especially amongst women – in particular, society ladies! This can be demonstrated by the smaller, lighter & more decorative styles made during this period. Features of these boxes include: the front cover of the box opens back to reveal a sloping surface for writing. This consists of a flap, under which paper can be stored. At the back is a section for inkwells and pens. Some of the most exquisite boxes date from this period.
The use of Lap Desks remained until late Victorian times when their popularity started to decrease, as they became more mass-produced & of lower quality.
We get great pleasure from acquiring and restoring these wonderful boxes. We often discover compartments that appear to have been untouched and forgotten about over the years. They often need replacement writing surfaces due to their age and continued use. We always try to restore as sympathetically as possible, so to do this we have our own antique leathering & book binding tools to restore the box to its formal glory.
|38.5 × 30.5 × 44 cm