Georgian mahogany box with a profusion of brass mounts and inset brass carrying handles. Brass plate to the top inscribed, Pat’k Hadon. The box opens to reveal a writing slope and various ink, sealing wax and lidded candle-holder compartments. The slope has two compartments for stationery and conceals four secret drawers. There is a long drawer beneath. The box can also be adjusted into a book reading rest and originally had two steel bolts for securing the box to the ship’s cabin for security and when at sea or away from home. Bears original paper label: Gaimes Cutler & Perfumer No.54 St. Paul’s Church Yard & No.56 Cornhill. Dressing Case and Writing Desk Warehouses
English, London, circa 1800 - 1816.