Grain figuring does not come any better then this.
It is box in with broad bands of Kingwood, the veneers are perfect.
The box is made from exotic and very expensive Rosewood with it's decorative graining and attractive rich colouring. The top is beautifully inlaid with pewter stringing including a central plaque acting as a cartouche, which could be engraved if desired.
It has two ink wells very much of that age.
I would think the lock is a replacement, it is French and the box is English.
Measures: 14x9x5 ins ; 35 cm x 22,5 cm x 12,5 cm
little artworks had a privileged location on the best english homes during the
XIX century, accompanied the nobles on their journeys and the senior offices in
their campaigns. They were extremely useful and also a sign of distinction.
opportunity. The current global economic situation has made this type of works
have a bargain price when valuing the wood they are made of, their age and
their perfect finish. But this situation will no longer last as probably
soon these works will reach again the
prices they used to have.