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A Fine 19th Century Brass Bound Coromandel Stationary / Document Box, England Circa 1860
The richly figured case having a peaked hinged lid bound with brass strapping, opening to a satin-lined and fitted interior, raised upon a canted flush mounted plinth base. Original lock mechanism intact.
Dimensions, 7" high x 9.5" wide x 5.25" deep.


A Very Good 19th Century Gothic-Inspired Brass Bound Walnut Document Box, England Circa 1860
The figured walnut case bound with brass strapping, having a peaked & hinged lid opening to an interior lined in marbleized paper. Original lock mechanism intact.
Dimensions, 7" high x 9.5" wide x 5.25" deep.

A Very Fine 19th Century Blonde Tortoiseshell Trinket / Jewellery Box, Continental Circa 1830
The rectangular shaped case panelled in highly figured blonde tortoiseshell bordered with ivory stringing, the hinged top centred by a silver lozenge and opening to a mahogany lined interior with beaded detail. Raised on four silvered metal ball feet. Dimensions, 2.75” high x 5.5” wide x 3.5” deep


A Very Handsome Vintage Mahogany Humidor by Benson & Hedges, Circa 1920
The figured and crossbanded mahogany case fitted with brass carrying handles & engraved backplates, opening to a copper & tin lined interior bearing the original Benson & Hedges makers plaque, the hinged lids interior having a rectangular blank cartouche suitable for engraving a monogram or dedication, the original locking mechanism intact. Dimensions, 8.5” high x 14.25” wide x 9.5”


A Mid 18th Century Baroque Parquetry Slant Front Writing Slope, South German Circa 1760
The exterior veneered with richly figured geometric panels of contrasting light & dark fruitwood, the slanted top opening to a plain interior fitted with a hinged compartment intended for writing implements, raised overall upon four conical-shaped supports.
Dimensions, 8.75” high x 14.25” wide x 10” deep


A Regency Period Rosewood Tea Caddy Converted to a Jewellery Casket / Document Box, English Circa 1825
The richly figured case sided by lion mask backplates & ring pulls and fitted with satinwood strung sarcophagus-shaped top opening to a lined interior, raised overall upon compressed bun feet.
Dimensions, 7.25” high x 12.5” wide x 6.5” deep


A Very Fine 18th Century Chippendale Rococo-Period Mahogany Tea Caddy, English Circa 1760
The highly figured mahogany case retains its original foliate-cast & gilded brass escutcheon, bail handle & pierced back-plates, fitted with a hinged cavetto-shaped & crossbanded top opening to an interior housing three recessed pewter canisters, raised overall upon ogee bracket feet.
The underside bearing possible makers marks in script C / E.
Dimensions, 6” high x 10” wide x 6” deep
A very fine example in richly figured timber and exhibiting a warm old patina, in extremely good condition overall.



A Fine George III Inlaid Mahogany Tea Caddy Converted to a Letter Box, English Circa 1810
The finely grained mahogany case decorated with inlaid conch-shaped paterae, kingwood banding, fan-shaped satinwood spandrels & ebony stringing, the hinged top centred by an urn-shaped motif within an oval cartouche, opening to a paper lined interior, lock mechanism intact.
Dimensions, 4.75” high x 11” wide x 5.5” deep.
In very good condition overall, consistent with age & use.


A Fine Georgian Mahogany Knife Box Converted to a Tantalus, England Circa 1790
The richly figured serpentine case sided by plated carrying handles, fronted by an ornate shield shaped escutcheon, the hinged lid opening to a lined interior.
Dimensions, 12” high x 6” deep x 7.25” wide


An Exceptional 19th Century Chinese Export Black Lacquer Tea Caddy, Guangzhou (Canton) Circa 1800
The exterior decorated overall in black lacquer with hand painted gilt foliate motifs, the hinged lid opening to reveal three oblong pewter canisters, the central canister - used for blending, flanked on either side by matching canisters for both black and green teas, all three having richly embossed lids overtop recessed lids with turned wooden finials. Dimensions, 6” high x 10” wide x 6” deep.
In very good condition overall with minor wear consistent with age, materials and use.
Reference: A near identical example is illustrated in the ‘Chinese Export, Art & Design’ department of the permanent collection at The Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
It may be of further interest to note that the example in the V&A Collection has only two canisters, whereas the tea caddy in our inventory is of a more complete nature, having three – the third as previously mentioned in the above description, used for blending the two varieties of tea.

To view the V&A example visit the V&A website ‘Collections’ page and search FE. 170 F-1975)


A Superior 18th Century Chippendale Period Inlaid Mahogany Tea Caddy, English Circa 1760
The highly figured case having a cavetto-moulded top edged with contrasting light & dark wood trim and retaining its original brass bail handle, opening to an interior housing three original recessed canisters fitted with similarly decorated sliding lids – the central canister intended for blending, the two flanking canisters used for storing both black & green tea, raised overall upon four ogee bracket feet.
Original locking mechanism intact. Dimensions, 6.5” high x 10.5” wide x 6.25” deep
This very fine caddy demonstrates exceptional graining, colour & patina and remains in remarkable condition overall, consistent with its age & use.


An Early 20th Century Rococo Inspired Gilt Bronze & Enamel Jewellery Casket, Circa 1900
The richly gilded bombe-formed body decorated overall with foliate & scrolled elements, the front, sides & hinged top inset with turquoise enamel panels decorated with floral geometric motifs, the lid opening to an interior lined in burgundy velvet, raised overall upon four cyma-curved supports terminating to scrolled feet. The underside bearing makers marks for Erhard & Sohne, Germany. In fine overall condition.
Dimensions, 4 3/8” high x 5 6/8” wide x 3 5/8” deep. .


An Early 19th Century Chinese Export Lacquer & Gilt Decorated Tea Caddy, Canton Circa 1830
The quatra-foil shaped exterior decorated with gilt detail against a black lacquer field, opening to a pewter compartment with a hinged lid engraved with two figures in a garden setting, raised overall upon later gilt metal paw feet. Areas of rubbing and minor wear commensurate with age & use.
Dimensions, 4.75” high x 9” wide x 7” deep.
A more practical use of this item might be that of a cigar humidor.



A Superior Pair of Georgian Inlaid Mahogany Knife Boxes, English Circa 1790
Both of serpentine form with oval escutcheons (possibly Paktong), their tops centred by marquetry stars comprised of contrasting ebony & bone segments within banded & chevron strung borders, repeated on the reverse in exotic woods, their interiors fitted with later cutlery panels and what appear to be original locks, raised overall atop cast metal ball & claw feet. Dimensions, 14” high x 9” wide x 9” deep


An Early 19th Century Burr Elm Snuff Box, England Circa 1800
The richly figured case fitted with a hinged lid centred by a shield shaped ebony cartouche, opening to an interior lined with tortoiseshell. Partial loss to tortoiseshell lining.



A Very Fine George III Mahogany and Marquetry Tea Caddy, England Circa 1790
The rectangular case showing canted corners with satinwood stringing and fronted by a partridge-wood panel within chevron strung borders, centred by an inlaid sycamore paterae of twin oak leafs rising from an urn shaped vessel. The conforming hinged top similarly decorated with a partridge-wood panel edged with chevron stringing and centred by a satinwood conch-shaped motif set against a sycamore panelled field. The interior retaining its original lock mechanism and showing remnants of original lead paper lining, the lid’s interior lined with its original foliate-embossed gilt foil.
Dimensions, 4.5” high x 4.75” wide x 4” deep.

A very fine example exhibiting superior form, materials & decoration, in very good condition overall.



A Highly Decorative 19th Century ‘Tumbling Block’ Parquetry Writing Box, English Circa 1860

The exterior decorated overall with inlaid geometric panels of contrasting light & dark exotic woods, the hinged top opening to reveal a mahogany lined interior fitted with dual inkwell compartments, a pen tray and two hinged leather-lined writing surfaces that lift to house document compartments.
Dimensions, 5” high x 14.25” wide x 8.5” deep (closed)


A Superior Early 19th Century Brass Bound Mahogany Campaign Writing Box. English, Circa 1820
The richly figured Honduran mahogany case bound by bands of brass strapwork, opening to an interior fitted with a gilt-tooled leather writing surface, original matched pair of glass inkwells, pen tray, two hinged stationary compartments – one locking, the other fitted with a detachable lectern bar that affixes to the top’s exterior surface when raised on a flush mounted & ratcheted brass support, together with a series of complicated pressure activated ‘secret compartments’. The top’s exterior showing a rectangular brass nameplate bearing the initials B.E.M in old script, the front fitted with a brass escutcheon fronting the original locking mechanism (keys intact), the sides fitted with flush-mounted carrying handles.
Dimensions: 7.5" high x 20" wide x 11" deep
The colour, patina and overall condition of this box is exemplary.     



A Mid 19th Century Brass Bound Mahogany Cased Writing Box, English Circa 1840

The richly figured mahogany case inset with brass stringing and brass mouldings, opening to an interior fitted with two inkwells and a folding gilt-tooled leather writing surface surmounting twin document compartments, one containing a sprung ‘secret’ drawer. Original lock mechanism and key intact. Dimensions: 6.5” high x 14” wide x 9.5” high



A Fine 19th Century Brass Bound Rosewood and Amboyna Document Box, French Circa 1870
The richly figured amboyna case showing an ebony banded & brass mounted top centred by a cartouche shaped brass plaque. Dimensions, 2” x 9” x 12”



A Very Fine Rosewood and Tunbridge Ware Writing Box, English Circa 1840

The figured rosewood case having a hinged top centred by a diamond shaped marquetry motif, the perimeter banded with an intricate ‘Greek Key’ border of contrasting exotic woods, the front panel similarly decorated and retaining its original & functioning locking mechanism and key. The interior fitted with a gilt-tooled leather-lined writing surface, two hinged document compartments, pen tray & inkwell. Dimensions, 5” high x 10.5” wide x 8.5” deep

A Fine 19th Century Brass Bound Document Box in Burr Walnut, English Circa 1860
The highly figured walnut case bound with brass strapping intersected by conforming bone panels, the domed top opening to a leather-lined and gilt tooled interior. Dimensions, 4.5” high x 10” long x 6.75” deep



A Fine and Early 19th Century Burr Yew Wood Tea Caddy. English, Circa 1800
The case showing a richly figured exterior with satinwood stringing and a diamond-shaped ivory escutcheon, the chamfered top opening to twin compartments with satinwood lids, raised overall upon later bun feet.
Dimensions: 5.5” high x 7.25” wide x 4.25” deep


A Late 19th Century Glass Casket Depicting Saint Peter’s Square. Continental, Circa 1900
The faceted glass body set within ormolu mounts, the hinged top showing a painted mezzotint image of Saint Peter’s Square, Rome. Height -3” Width -4” Depth -2.5”


A Richly Figured 19th Century Brass-Bound Coromandel Stationary Box, English Circa 1860
The case decorated with brass strapwork and having a hinged, domed top opening to a leather lined interior. Dimensions, 6.5” high x 9.5” long x 5.25” deep



An 18th Century Bilston South Staffordshire Enamel Writing Box, English Circa 1770
The enamel panels set within gilt-copper mounts, the sides decorated with undulating vinery and flower-heads, the domed & hinged top painted with figures loading linen bales & barrels next to a cache, the background showing European tall-ships at anchor in a turreted harbour. The interior fitted with segmented compartments intended for two inkwells (missing), a pounce pot (missing) and a quill tray. Height - 1.5/8", Width - 3.3/8", Depth - 2".

Provenance; Hussey's Auction House, U.K


An Early19th Century Swedish Silver (.830 fine) Snuff Box
The rectangular body opening to a richly gilded interior with impressed town marks for Falun and date marks for 1814. Weight 115 grams. Dimensions, 3” long x .75” high x 1.75” wide

A Very Fine Regency Period Tea Caddy in Tortoiseshell. The exterior showing a cavetto molded front strung with sterling silver line inlay and having a conforming & similarly strung hinged lid inset with a silver cartouche, raised overall atop original bun-shaped ivory feet. The interior fitted with twin compartments complimented by tortoiseshell lids with turned ivory pulls. English, Circa 1830. Height - 4.25", Width - 7", Depth - 4.5".