Anglo-Dutch Camphor Wood Travel Box
A fine piece of craftsmanship. This box is circa 1800, possibly earlier, and likely of Anglo-Dutch origins. At 24"x17"x11", it is the largest of any we have seen, considerably bigger than a standard writing box. The exterior is solid camphor wood, comprised of six very thick boards, hand-carved and moulded, the front with undulating pattern echoing the pie-crust edging of the lid and base. The interior opens to reveal two massive ornate brass hinges and a carved lid interior, the box with fitted compartments also in solid camphor wood, several with hinged lids, and one central lift-out tray with large storage compartment below, as well as two secret compartments for storing valuables. Overall condition is good considering age -- the lock has been replaced, one bail handle is absent, and the little ring pulls for the interior lids are missing. As well, a few round nails have been added to secure the base at one time. See the couple additional photos below.
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