A very fine antique Victorian Coromandel personal book holder attributed to the world famous London box makers Betjemann & Sons, circa 1870 in date.
The rectangular box features gothic revival brass strap work mounts set with Wedgwood jasper plaques depicting classical figures with a similar hinge which unlocks with a spring mechanism to reveal five gilt morocco bound notebooks titled Personal Expenses, Visits & Addresses, Memoranda, Daily Journal and Cash Account.
They miraculously have never been used and all the pages remain blank.
There is no mistaking its unique quality and design, which is sure to make it a treasured piece by any discerning collector.
Coromandel, also known as Calamander wood, is a highly prized and valuable exotic wood from India and Sri Lanka and was only used in top quality pieces.
Complete with working lock and original key.
In excellent condition having been beautifully cleaned and polished in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 13 x Width 21 x Depth 9
Dimensions in inches:
Height 5 inches x Width 8 inches x Depth 3 inches
Our reference: A1826