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BOXES AND CADDIES
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Fine C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood duo of desk casket and book-carry / tray.
Fine C19th Regency period brass-inlaid rosewood duo of desk casket and book-carry / tray.

Superior quality desk-top accessories comprising of a fine balustraded or 'spindle-sided' casket with decorative brass-inlaid panel to lid , and an 'en suite' shallow tray / desk tidy with decorative brass-inlaid sides and brass-strung edge.

The casket of free-standing design with polished interior , standing on compressed bun feet. Beaded edge to the hinged lid and to the base, together with original key. The tray with corresponding finely-turned spindle handles. Both in excellent original condition ,and with a wonderful patina to well-chosen figured timber, in the manner of Gillows of Lancaster.


Casket
W 12"
H 6"
D 8.5"

Tray
W 14"
H 2"(Handles)4"
D 10"
England c. 1815
Ref: ML 1411
Price: £1,600





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C19th Anglo-Indian brass-bound teak travelling writing/correspondence box.
C19th Anglo-Indian brass-bound teak travelling writing/correspondence box. Exceptional quality heavy-weight brass-bound teak box with multiple brass strapping, corners and re-inforcements , together with decorative brass-inlaid design . The interior with brass string inlay to numerous hinged and ring-handled compartments, trays, hidden 'secret' drawers and sections, together with lift-out centre pen-tray and internal 'well'. The interior lid fitted as a letter/document rack. Fitted with an English brass lock (stamped VR with crown , "Secure Lever") together with original key. The front with decorative brass-inlaid floral panel and star motifs , the sides fitted with heavy-gauge brass 'swan-neck' carrying handles with stops.

Good rich colour and patina , all complete with no damage or losses.

Probably custom-made as a Military campaign officer's piece, or supplied to an official of the governing classes or officer of the East India Company.
W 19"
D 10"
H 11"
India c. 1860
Ref: MLPS 1411
Price: £1,400





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Fine C19th cast-bronze Italian rectangular table casket of Renaissance design.
Fine C19th cast-bronze Italian rectangular table casket of Renaissance design .
Stepped plinth base standing upon stylised 'winged' dolphin feet , free-standing lidded casket with well-cast decorative panels . The moulded-edge lid cast with a fantastical woodland hunting scene with central equestrian figure mounted astride a mythical unicorn , surrounded by hounds , attendants and falconers. The front panel , sides and rear panels all cast with detailed scrolling foliage , gryphons , figures , animals and amorini.

The double-hinged lid enclosing a cedar-wood lined interior.

Fitted with a lock , though key is lacking.
The underside with single "hallmark" style stamp , which appears to depict the winged lion of St.Mark , probably denoting its manufacture in Venice .

Excellent condition . Good consistent patination.

H 5.5"
W 11"
D 6"
Italy c.1870
Ref: ML 166
Price: £900





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Late C18th George III period inlaid rosewood double tea caddy
Late C18th George III period inlaid rosewood double tea caddy. Finely figured rosewood tea caddy with satinwood banding , oval medallions inlaid with floral designs to top and front. The interior fitted with 2 compartments with original twin lids and knobs .
With original steel key.
The term caddy deriving from the Chinese word "Kati " which was the measure of weight used in the tea industry.
Of good colour and in totally original condition .
W 8"
H 4"
D 4"
England c.1800
Ref: MLCA 159
Price: £450





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Late C18th George III period mahogany inlaid tea caddy.
Late C18th George III period mahogany inlaid tea caddy . Single-sized mahogany caddy with box-wood strung edges and front and lid inlaid with sycamore oval medallions with floral inlay . The interior fitted with original lid and knob . Original lock and hinges . Lacks key . Nice gently faded patina.
The term caddy derives from the Chinese word "Kati" which was the measure of weight used in the tea industry .
W 4.5"
H 4.5"
D 3.5"
England c.1790
Ref: MLCA 159
Price: £425





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Late C19th South German stag's antler-horn and ivory tea caddy .
Late C19th South German stag's antler-horn and ivory tea caddy. Rare horn caddy with carved ivory panels and paw/claw feet. The lid with oval panel depicting a stag and hinds in woodland, whilst the front has a panel and key escutcheon carved with tethered deer-hounds. The partially zinc-foil lined interior with twin lidded compartments , each with a horn lid with relief carved knobs depicting recumbent deer. The base with original paper label "Bing Gebr." (Bing Brothers) "Frankfurt A m" (Frankfurt Am Main), being the retailers or manufactory mark. Excellent original condition. W 9" x H 6" x D 6". Germany c .1880
Ref: MLPS 147
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C19th tortoiseshell 'mother of pearl'inlaid tea caddy
C19th tortoiseshell 'mother of pearl 'inlaid tea caddy . Of bombe sarcophagus shape ,great colour and condition with fine and complete inlay .Ivory feet and pewter stringing ,fitted twin interior lids . All original. W 9" x H 6" x D 5 ".England c.1850
Ref: ML150
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C18th George III period ivory veneered tea caddy.
C18th George III period ivory veneered tea caddy. 'Tent-top' octagonal design caddy in good original condition . Vacant silver monogram panel to front with pin decoration surround , loop handle to the hinged lid. White metal fittings ,black 'lac' dividing, with horn banding to the base . The interior retaining traces of original tin foil lining ,and complete with original 'floating' interior lid with ivory knop, with key. An expensively produced exotic luxury item , which reflects the value and importance of tea during this period of the eighteenth century.
H 5.5"
W 5"
D 3".
England c.1790
Ref: MLBO 1410
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Fine larger scale C19th Austro-Hungarian gilt-bronze framed agate casket
Fine larger scale C19th Austro-Hungarian gilt-bronze framed agate casket. Well-chosen agate panels of exceptional colour and quality . The 3-panel front with decorative shaped lock-plate ,with original functioning lock and key. Standing upon corner-mounted agate ball feet. The gilt frame with finely-chased decoration , the lid-edge with raised 'finger-plate' for ease of opening. The inset top panel with bevelled edges.
Historic repaired cracks to the base panel.
A smart and luxurious 'objet de vertu' crafted from exotic hardstone and gilded bronze.
H 3"
W 7"
D 4"
Austria , probably Vienna c. 1890.
Ref: ML 1511
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Early C19th Regency period 'blonde' tortoiseshell oblong tea-caddy.
Early C19th Regency period 'blonde' tortoiseshell oblong tea-caddy. Of canted-corner sarcophagus form, with concave-moulded stepped 'pagoda' style lid , inset with a vacant oblong silver tablet initial plaque. The pale figured turtle-shell veneered panels divided by silver stringing.The front fitted with a decorative shaped silver escutcheon plate, the whole raised on silver-plated ball feet. The interior fitted with twin lidded compartments, the interiors partially retaining their original tin-foil lining. The removable interior lids fitted with their original turned ivory knobs. The inside of the lid lined with the original pale pink velvet, whilst both the rims of the lid and the base are veneered in ivory. Fitted with original lock , lacking key.

The word caddy is derived from the Chinese word "Kati", which is the measure of weight by which tea was sold. The purpose of the twin compartments was to provide spaces for both black Indian tea and green China tea, and to enable them to be mixed to taste.

Excellent colour to the well-figured pale 'blonde' turtle/tortoiseshell veneers, with a warm amber hue.

In exceptionally good original condition , with only tiny fragmented chips to the upper corners of the stepped lid.
No damage or repairs to the hinges.

W 7"
D 4"
H 6"
England c. 1820
Ref: ML1512
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Late C19th Italian ormolu-framed 'pietra-dura' panelled jewellery casket.
Late C19th ormolu-framed 'pietra-dura' panelled jewellery casket. Quality semi-precious hard-stone inlaid Belgian black marble panels set in an oval beaded frame raised on scroll feet with silk-lined plush interior .Renaissance-revival design casket fitted with 7 multi-coloured polished stone floral design panels,some featuring the culturally and religiously significant "Lily o' the Valley " flower. In perfect condition with no cracks or repairs (key). Traditionally produced by the craftsmen of the Pietra Dura industry centred around Florence , these expensive items were sought-after 'objets de vertu' by rich tourists.
W 6"
D 4"
H 4".
Italy , Florence. c.1870
Ref: MLBO 1410
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C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood, bone and motherofpearl shall marquetry inlay.
C19th Italian ebony casket with fruit-wood,bone and motherofpearl shell marquetry inlay.

Smart Italian table or jewellery casket with all-over classical style foliate and flower-head marquetry inlay ,with motherofpearl shell and bone flower-head design details.

The lid with moulded edge with conforming mould to base. The interior with original crimson red velvet lining , the base with similar covering. Fitted with twin brass hinges and steel lock (key missing)

Has suffered a small area of water damage to inlay of lid , and some minor losses to some leaves of motherofpearl inlay.

H 5.5"
D 11"
W 14.5"

Ref: ML169
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C19th Victorian period burr-walnut table cigar cabinet/humidor.
C19th Victorian period burr-walnut cigar cabinet/humidor. Superb quality cabinet with recessed gilt-brass handles , hinges and carrying handles . Beautifully figured tightly-grained burr veneers with well-designed assymetric doors fitted with full-length 'piano' hinges and lock by "Bramah, London" together with the original key . The top two smaller interior drawers are beautifully veneered all around with ebony edged tops , probably to present cigars from the cabinet to the dining table or to guests. All drawers lined in cedar and the larger two with moveable divisions. The top set with a gilt-brass oval (unengraved). The base with old green baize covering. A beautifully crafted gentleman's accessory.
W 12"
H 11"
D 9".
England c 1860.
Ref: MLSC 1311
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Late C19th Indian carved ebony casket with inset painted ivory panel of miniatures.
Late C19th Indian carved ebony casket with inset painted ivory panel of miniatures. Silver-mounted finely-carved casket with an oval ivory panel depicting 9 important architectural sites of India. The central vignette featuring the Taj Mahal, whilst the surrounding panels are painted with further views including the Red Fort, Hadirshah Mosque, Dehli Palace ,Golden Temple of Amritsar and Kootuli Pillar. Finely painted in gouache , the detailed views interspersed with fine gold filigree decoration. The plain interior with baize lining. (The panel has a shrinkage crack which runs from "5 o'clock", though no losses). No key. Produced as high-class tourist ware , these high-quality painted ivory miniatures were sought -after souvenirs by visitors to the Indian sub-continent.
Casket 6.5" x 7.5" x 3"
Panel 6" x 4.5"
Dehli, India. c.1870
Ref: MLDW 157
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C18th George III period octagonal satinwood tea caddy.
C18th George III period octagonal satinwood tea caddy. Fitted with loose interior lid .Nice faded colour with ebony stringing and inlaid ovals , canted corners with inlaid 'flutes' .Brass 'axe-head' handle to lid. Original condition, old green baize to base . H 5" x D 4" x W 5". England c.1790
Ref: ML 602
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Late C19th Anglo-Indian 'sadeli-work' stationary box.
Late C19th Anglo-Indian 'sadeli-work' stationary box. Of canted form , finely-made sandalwood, ivory and sadeli inlaid box with inlaid shaped divisions to the interior. Ivory edges with dark green hexagonal sadeli micro-mosaics set within geometric borders using ebony and black 'lac' lines. Some minor losses to decoration.
W 10"
D 7"
H 5".(Key)
Western Presidency, Bombay. India c.1900
Ref: MLMC 145
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C19th Indian colonial brass-bound teak scribe's casket or strong-box.
C19th Indian colonial brass-bound teak scribe's casket or strong-box. Heavily brass-mounted writing or valuables chest with fitted and compartmentalised interior with lift-out centre section to inner well. The pierced brass strap-work corners of Portuguese colonial design , the interior of the lid with large decorative brass hinges and dome-studded exterior. Decorative studded decoration with pierced sheet brass panel designs. The ends fitted with carrying handles . Lacks key.
Chests of this type were produced throughout the C18th and C19th centuries by the countries of the Indian Ocean , taking their design influences from both Africa and the colonising and trading countries of Holland and Portugal . Often generically called 'Zanzibar' or 'Arab' chests.
W 22"
D 15"
H 10"
India c.1860
Ref: MLBS 157
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Fine quality late C19th French gilt-brass framed miniature agate casket .
Fine quality late C19th French gilt-brass framed miniature agate casket.

Beautifully-crafted rectangular agate casket or stamp-box with intricately cast filigree style frame-work . The loose bevelled agate panel lid with a cast classical fruiting-berry finial or knob . The ends cast with miniature anthemion motif decoration to the frame-work . The beaded frame surround standing upon miniature bracket feet. The base of the casket cast with an open trellis pattern gilded brass panel .

A wonderful bijou 'objet de virtu' in excellent original condition with no cracks, damage , losses or repairs .

H 1.5"
W 2"
D 1.5"
France c.1870
Ref: ML 1703
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Early C19th Regency period satinwood and ebony sewing casket or box of sarcophagus form .
Early C19th Regency period satinwood and ebony sewing casket or box of sarcophagus form.

A remarkably mint example of an early C19th ladies sewing box . Mounted upon gilt-brass claw feet ,the figured satinwood body with ebony stringing and ebony tablet to the centre of the lid and ebony banded lower base section .

The interior with original red-lined lid and body ,with a lift-out sectioned tray with original crimson silk padded base and integral handle.

Fitted with a brass lock and supplied with key.

Excellent colour and patina.

H 9"
W 13"
D 9.5"
England c.1815
Ref: ML 1703
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Early C19th Regency period rosewood ladies sewing casket.
Early C19th Regency period rosewood ladies sewing casket .

Of neo-classical sarcophagus form , rosewood sewing box with painted and decorated sycamore panel lid with Tunbridge-ware style inlaid surround to the edge . The painted panel within black and gold border, depicting mother and child upon a period chaise longue of classical inspiration .Box-wood strung edges , ivory lozenge-shaped key escutcheon , gilded-brass ball feet and gilded-brass lion's mask carrying handles . The interior with original pink paper lining , Morocco leather and lift-out divided tray with original fittings .

An untouched example in first-class condition. With key.

W 9.5"
H 5.5"
D 7.5"
England c.1810
Ref: MLCA 159
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