Condition: Missing interior writing slopes with all else fine.
Additional Information: Sprigged decoration painted in green and black against a
salmon ground. The case is dovetail joined and opens to a fitted interior.
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 - SOLD
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")
Writing Box, Stationery/Folio, Letter, Copying Box
With Writing Slope, Roll Calendar, Slate Pad, Ink Wells
Circa 1860 to 1880
Walnut, fine condition.
(H: 13.75"; W: 16"; D: 11.75")
Ballot Box, Double Slide Lid, Drawer, Finely Constructed, Original Red Paint Date/Period: 19th Century
Condition: Very good, interior partitions are missing, thinning original red paint
Additional Information: Side-by-side chamfered slide lids, each pierced with three
slots for voting chips. The case is joined with finely cut dovetails, full case bottom above
full-length drawer. Retains three original locks. Inscribed on side of drawer in pencil:
“W.H. Brown / Feb. 18, 90” …likely an election monitor as the box style, toolmarks,
construction and tiny finish nails seem earlier.
Antique Slide Lid Document Box with Lock & Key, Original Red Paint
New England Date/Period: Circa 1820 - SOLD
Condition: Terrific paint and patina, typical of these lids, it has shrunk narrowing width.
A three-inch section of lid edge is missing, all else fine, displays well.
Additional Information: Sliding lid with chamfered edges and gouge-cut finger slot;
dovetail joined case on slightly projecting chamfered base.
Antique, Paint Decorated Ballot Box, Lettered: For / Against Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Height: 12"; width: 9"; depth: 4"
Material: Pine, polychrome
Condition: Excellent original condition
Additional Information: The backboard featuring pierced lollipop finial above down
sloping shoulders above dovetail joined case. The top section with oval cutout facilitates
the voters’ placement of marble either “for or against” …the white or black marble is
received withing the divided dovetail joined ballot drawer. Allover grain painted; we love
the poor planning. Note that the painter generously indented “For” not leaving room for
“Against” however he made-up-for-it with stylish silhouetted lettering.
Antique, Paint Decorated Document Box
Maine, circa 1835
Basswood - SOLD
Rectangular lid over a conforming case; original brass hardware. Black and red graining
within green borders; bronze powder leaf and floral decoration…the ends display small
shields centered by fanciful flourished. The interior was “tortoise shell” sponged. The
box is clean and displays well; original key; height: 5.75"; width: 12.75"; depth: 8")
Black on red graining, bronze powder stenciling; compotes with fruits within mustard
borders. (Excellent original condition; Height: 5.75"; width: 11.75"; depth: 7.5")
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