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Early English walnut writing box

Early English walnut writing box

Code: 1413


H: 1.5" (3.8 cm)W: 9.5" (24.1 cm)D: 5" (12.7 cm)


Early English boarded writing box, with chip carving extending over the top and to all four sides. The lid opens on a very fine pair of brass strap work hinges to an interior with divisions for writing implements, inkwell and sander. 

These boxes are frequently dated to the mid 17th century; however this one is inscribed to the base, Charles Bawden July 27 1745, Bawden being a Celtic name that is often associated with Cornwall. One is kept wondering about the relevance of the day and the date and if it is contemporary or added at a later date. 

For similar, see Victor Chinnery - Oak Furniture The British Tradition, pages 179-181. 

English, circa 1660 - 1745