Victorian Carved, Molded Marquetry Gentleman’s Desk Cabinet, Dressing Box
Unknown maker…mixed woods including solid walnut and burl veneers
American, circa 1875
The crown molded marquetry top opens to reveal a mirror within molded frame featuring gilt liner;
a pair of swing-out side-by-side drawers having burl walnut veneered sides within walnut frieze…
molded fielded panel drawer fronts above a pair of swing-out paneled doors hung on hinges display
American shields. The left door is fitted with three swingout drawers; opposite door fitted
with a cabinet. The interior contains a shelf above two pair of side-by-side drawers above a row
of three short drawers and a baize covered writing slope; the whole raised on molded Marlboro feet.
The cabinet doors are fitted with a lock and sliding brass doorkeeper. Very good condition,
missing keyhole escutcheon which we can restore;
height: 20"; width: 20.25"; depth: 12".
Fine Antique Brass Bound Portable Writing Desk, Outstanding Wood, by Fisher
Signed: FISHER 188 STRAND, 19th Century, Best Coromandel & Mahogany
The Strand connects London to Trafalgar Square, one of the most expensive fashionable shopping
districts during the 19th century. The writing slopes are lined with original gold embossed leather and
feature a slide-lock; the tooling is very fine. Within the beaded fitted interior is a removeable pen tray
under which is provision for storage; centering the tray are compartments containing a colorless glass
ink bottle with silver plated lid; two additional compartments, one lidded. Contained within a
compartment is a rare Bery’s Patent cylindrical match box, a light case of exotic wood having inset rough
sandpaper bottom for striking matches still contained within. The box is fitted with a patented Brahma
lock [used on high quality boxes during the period] which is stamped BRAHMAS PATENT and displays three crowns.
(Exceptionally fine condition; 15.75" x 9.5" x 5")
Antique Paint Decorated Ballot Box with Sliding Lid and Handle
New England, Early 19th Century
The raised panel lid with two finger notches slides within case rabbet; the upswept
handle and case edges are chamfered. The black graining on chocolate brown is very
early and over blue. The viewer must look very closely to translate surface history.
(Length: 12.5"; width: 6"; height: 2.5")
Antique, Portable Writing Desk, Campaign Lap Desk, Labeled: John Stiles, Philadelphia
John Stiles (1828-1833)
Round label reads: PORTABLE DESK AND DRESSING CASE MANUFACTURER
NO. 89 So. Second St. Opposite the Bank of Pennsylvania, PHILADA
A brass bound mahogany writing box having vacant brass escutcheon on top; brass lock escutcheon;
brass pin within interior can be released to open side drawer. The fitted interior features a pivoting pen
tray beneath which is a storage area; other compartments…one lidded. The writing slopes retain
original green baize.
(19.75" x 10” x 7")
Antique Trinket Box, Recessed Panels, Original Surface, Mustard and Red
Unknown Maker and History…hardwood
The interior and base are fugitive blue, now black; woven tape tab
(very slight cupping to lid, else fine and original; Height: 1.5"; width: 6"; depth: 3")
Steeple Top Reel Stand and Work Box, Thread Holder Surmounting Two Drawers
American, early 20th century
Walnut and cigar box mahogany secondary wood
A unique, two-drawer sewing stand. The spire, centered by small conforming accommodates sixteen small thread spools. The case, containing two working drawers features projecting top and base moldings; wonderful color and patina.
(H: 18"; W: 9.5"; D: 5.5")
Small Dome top Shagreen Covered Box, Contains Coins, Brass Hardware
Anonymous, Likely 18th Century - SOLD
(Minor imperfections to interior; 2 by 1.75 by 1”)
A Period American William & Mary Tabletop Box, Original Surface, Bible, Writing
New England, Early 18th Century
Rare small size, bible/valuables box in great surface featuring gouge carved vertical corners & lid sides.
The cleated rectangular lid retains original snipe hinges and wrought iron lock hasp [strap], the case and
bottom are of simple lap construction.
(H: 6"; W: 17.25"; D: 12.75")
Writing Box, Paint Decorated in Red, Yellow, Black, and Gold Gilt on Green over Blue
American, Early 19th Century; poplar
(Looks like the box was painted blue and soon thereafter it was decorated unless the blue is a basecoat, nonetheless, the paint is very old; 10.75 by 7.5 by 4.5”)
Brass Bound Leather Covered Camphor Wood Chest
Rectangular hinged lid with close nailed decoration and side carrying handles
Minor imperfections to leather, functional and attractive
(H: 19.5"; W: 41.75": D: 21")
Box, Folk Art, Chip Carved
Executed in similar form to American Cigar Box Art.
Dutch, with names handsomely carved on inner lid.
(H: 5"; W: 9.5"; D: 6.75")
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Bible Box, Tabletop Box, Probably Eastern Massachusetts or Connecticut
Circa 1680 to 1700, Carved White Oak, Yellow Pine Lid and Base - SOLD
The rectangular lid, hung from original wooden pintle-hinges, features notched side borders and is scratch-molded at its front edge. The lid is fitted to a conforming case with notched (chip carved) front corners on a projecting molded base. Original lockplate remains intact; nice old color with good patina.
(H: 8”, Case W: 17.25”, Case D: 13.5”)
Cake Box, Bentwood Donut Box, Original Paint and Decoration,
Pennsylvania, Second Half 19th Century
Stenciled butterflies, birds perched on leafy branches laden with fruits; top features urns with floral devices and rosebuds centered by a band of red hearts; all against a field of yellow. Carved and pierced handle fitted to locking lid. Nice old patina - SOLD
(As depicted, wood loss to rim edge, else fine; H: 10"; diameter: 14")
Country Tabletop Desk Box, Slant Lid, Original Blue Paint, Dry Patina
New England, 18th to Early 19th Century - SOLD
(Missing lock, otherwise good; H: 13.75", W: 23.5", D: 23.25")
1002-216 - SOLD
Country Store Lift Top Display Box, Great Original Red Paint, Glazed
Repurposed Slide Lid Box, Likely 19th Century Mercantile Use
Wonderful New England Frugality - SOLD
(Excellent condition and surface; great color; 7.25 by 9.25 by 12")
201-421 - SOLD
Bible Box, Pilgrim Century, Carved, Likely Original Surface
New England, Circa 1680
White Pine and Oak, hinged cleating system - SOLD
Initialed "RI" above incise-carved circular devices (four hearts entwined) joined by incised square; this carving is centered by similar carving overlaid with compartmentalized grid within diamond shape centered by vertically carved saw tooth composition at ends of front panel. The slightly projecting lid with molded edge retains original pintle hinges and is above projecting base with canted edges. Literature: Pictured in Luther, The Hadley Chest, plate 62; copy will accompany box.
(Excellent original condition; Dimensions: 8" high by 24" wide by 16.25" deep)
1122-1 - SOLD
Chinese Export Fan in Lacquered Box, Landscape and Figures, Brilliant Color
Hand painted, carved wood, paper and silk, gilt decorated black lacquer - SOLD
(Dimensions: 1.75" H, 12.5" L, 2.25" D.)
414-33 - SOLD
Box, Spruce Gum, Book Form, Chip Carved
Probably 18th Century
Intricate carving, urn, hearts, love knot, basket and spandrels - SOLD
Minor corner loss, else fine (5.5 by 2.5 by 1.25")
424-163 - SOLD
Tabletop Desk Box, Fitted Interior, Original Red Paint
Cherry, clean, with rare cubbyholes and drawers - SOLD
(H: 10.25"; W: 25.75"; D: 18")
707-34 - SOLD
Folk Art Mail Box, Carved and Painted
Late 19th Century
Whitaker - SOLD
Domed profiles centering stylized carved finial above canted mail slot; conforming case features hinged door with diamond shape glazing; original lock.
Original red paint with off-white and green painted trim, the green oxidized to near-black. Fine condition. (Dimensions: 12.5" H, 6.5" W, 3.75" D.)
431-70 - SOLD
Box, Carved and Painted, Tabletop with Double Tills, Original Paint
Pine and oak, wood peg joinery, retains key - SOLD
The overhanging top with fielded carved panel retains original wrought iron handle and is mounted on strap hinges; dovetailed case with similar panels features a pair of lidded tills and is raised on projecting molding resting on compressed-ball feet. Outstanding original condition, best patina.
(Dimensions: 8.25" H, 12.5" W, 8.5" D.)
946-12 - SOLD
Music Box, Veneered Case, Ten Tune
Third Quarter 19th Century
Jacots Safety Check, M.F. 1816 Changer
Marching through Georgia, Star Spangled Banner, among other classics - SOLD
Single comb lever-wind movement with 9" cylinder; lid with chromolithograph tune card handwritten with the titles of ten airs.
Dimensions: 6.5" H, 19.75" W, 9" D.
423-16 - SOLD
Bible Box, Tabletop Box, Scratch Carved, Spanish Brown
Circa 1690 to 1710 - SOLD
Lid appears to have been reduced in depth by less than 1-inch; wear to snipe hinge piercing was probably compromised necessitating modification.
The wooden pintle hinge system is very nice; retrofitting probably done during the boxes early working life. Other imperfections are few, and minor.
(26.5 by 17 3/8 by 8")
956-5 - SOLD
Barrister's Wig, Stand and Tin Case
By Ravenscroft Law, Wig and Robe Maker
Lincolns Inn, London
Mr. Registrar Parker
19th Century - SOLD
White horse hair wig with original black tole box and stand; box is hand painted in gold; wig with owners and makers label. Fine condition.
(Case dimensions: 10.5" H, 8.75" W, 9.25" D.)
690-3 - SOLD
Coffee Bin, Store Counter Tin, Bower and Bartlett's Coffee, Lithograph
1875 to 1900
Blue Ribbon Coffee Counter Tin, Favorite Boston Coffees (Hinged lid) - SOLD
Fine condition (Dimensions: 17.25" H, 19.25" W, 14.5" D.)
647-68 - SOLD
Band Box, Wallpaper, Oval, White Flowers on Blue Ground
Circa 1825 to 1845 - SOLD
Large oval box covered with a floral design featuring white blossoms highlighted with red, yellow, and brown against a blue ground; the lid similarly papered. Box top shows in use wear.
Dimensions: 11.25" H, 16.5" W, 13" D.
336-43 - SOLD
Trunk, Hide Covered, Brass Tack Ornamentation
Wallpapered Interior with Original Maker's Label
Daniel Watson, Saddler, Trunk and Harness Maker
Keene, New Hampshire
Early 19th Century
Initialed SH - SOLD
A superbly decorated box with hide covering, original lock, and brass hardware; the wire hinges were compromised and are retrofitted with lovely small brass strap hinges. Daniel Watson, a saddler, leather fire bucket maker; manufacturer of military goods, and one of the principal stockholders of the New Hampshire Glass Factory was a successful and prominent citizen of Keen; he died in 1837.
Dimensions: 6.25" H, 15" W, 8.75" D.
270-90 - SOLD