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Buy antique boxes from one of the UK's premier furniture dealers. We have an excellent range of antique boxes, antique caskets, caddies & je…

Buy antique boxes from one of the UK's premier furniture dealers. We have an excellent range of antique boxes, antique caskets, caddies & jewellery boxes. Whatever it is that you need to store safely, securely or perhaps away from prying eyes, Regent Antiques are sure to have an antique box or antique casket to suit your requirements.

Writing boxes, jewellery boxes, musical boxes, caskets, stationery boxes, sewing boxes, snuff boxes, pill boxes, games boxes -  all of these come to mind as examples of the many different types of antique boxes that we have to offer to our customers.

Jewellery Boxes - Every Lady’s Dressing Table Should Have One

Of all the types of boxes we have in stock at any given time, it is likely that the most numerous type will be the jewellery box or casket. Used to keep the family jewels in one place, usually lockable, jewellery boxes varied in size and shape but were often small and light enough to accompany the lady to which they belonged on her travels.

Sometimes they would be fitted with a musical mechanism, and they often featured a small figure of a ballerina dancing which activated when the box's lid was opened.

It is true to say that the jewellery box was often as decorative, and sometimes as precious, as the jewellery that was stored within it and we have many examples of antique jewellery boxes that are works of art in their own right - just browse this category to see what we mean.

Tea Caddies - Storage For A Rare and Precious (and expensive) Commodity

In days gone by, what is now an everyday item, Tea, was a very precious and costly commodity, far out of reach for all but the wealthiest of English folk. As such, it had to be carefully stored and protected, all of which led to the introduction of the Tea Caddy once shipments of tea to the UK began in volume during the early 1600s.

Tea caddies come in many forms ranging from elaborate and bejewelled, often made from precious metals including silver or even gold. However, they also came in more sensible formats as well, often being crafted from woods such as mahogany and walnut. Although there are many old tea caddies around, they are still produced to this day and are prized possessions for those who still prefer to drink loose tea rather than tea bags.

An Office In A Box - The Antique Stationery Casket or Antique Stationery Box

Just as in the example of the Tea Caddy above, often boxes were used to protect and secure items which were precious and expensive. Paper and other writing implements and paraphernalia were certainly not the throwaway items that they are today.

This led to the development of the stationery box or casket - a place where all of your paper, ink, pens and other items of stationery could be kept safe, often under lock and key.

Sometimes the stationery box was incorporated into a writing slope - truly an early office on the move and ideal for those who did not have sufficient space in their homes for a desk or bureau. It was also a welcome possession for those who were frequently travelling but still needed to keep in touch with others by letter.

From a Lovely Hand Painted Sevres Style Porcelain Casket through to a Victorian mahogany writing slope or even an Antique William & Mary Oyster Veneered Lace Box dating back to the 17th century, we have all your storage needs covered.

Take a look at our range of antique boxes and call us on +44 20 8809 9605 or email us if you want to find out more.

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Antique English Coromandel & Silver Dressing Case by Leuchars 19th C

Antique English Coromandel & Silver Dressing Case by Leuchars 19th C

We are delighted to offer for sale this wonderful antique silver dressing case which is a Victorian lady’s coromandel brass banded and brass inlaid travelling dressing case. Manufactured by Leuchars of 38 Piccadilly in London and is dated circa 1870. Made of extremely rare coromandel wood which was only used for the highest quality items, the interior of this antique silver dressing case is fitted with silver mounted cut glass bottles and jars with wonderful carnelian ornamentation. The sterling silver topped bottles and jars are hallmarked for London 1872 from the silversmith Thomas Johnston. This antique silver dressing case comes with a lift out tray comprising a silver gilt and steel manicure set and sewing accessories. Lifting out the front section reveals a blue silk lined compartment. For further storage, there is also a blue velvet lined drawer in the bottom which is designed for the safe storage of items of jewellery. Enthusiasts will be delighted to discover that the back of the case can be removed in order to reveal a secret compartment inside the lid which was originally used to hide letters and documents. There is also a useful mirror included.  This antique silver dressing case is fitted with two special Leuchars Patent Bramah Locks, the main one of which is self locking in order to counteract any forgetfulness on the part of the owner. The dressing case comes complete with the original keys. This fine antique silver dressing case comes with a brass engraved plaque that reads “Leuchars & Son, 38 & 39 Piccadilly, London”. The compartment in the lid also bears the following inscription: “Leuchars & Son, 38 & 38 Piccadilly, London & 2 Rue de la Paix, Paris”. See more silver items like this here. To See This Antique Silver Dressing Case in Person It's an excellent idea to view pieces like this in-person. With this in mind please try to venture to our North London salesroom to see this antique silver dressing case, alongside our broad variety of other silver items and other decorative objects that we have in stock. If you plan to make a special trip to see this piece, please phone first to confirm that this antique silver dressing case is still available to you and has not been sold. Remember be certain to provide us the item reference number shown above when getting in contact so we can identify which of our various antique silver items you are talking about and avoid any confusion. Regent Antiques - Showroom Opening Hours: Our London warehouse is open Mon to Fri 10am – 5pm for you to view this antique silver dressing case. We also open sporadically on Saturdays – but kindly call ahead of time before making the trip on a Saturday as we do not want you to be let down. If You Want More Advice To understand more about this antique silver dressing case and so that you can get answers to any questions you might have, please do not hesitate to contact our in-house antiques experts on the phone number shown above. When calling please mention the item number so we recognize which antique silver item you would like to consider. Transport, Delivery and Returns You're looking at a first-class antique silver dressing case and it requires skilled packing and shipping so that it actually gets to your destination securely and safely. We can transport this antique silver dressing case to practically any destination around the globe and we will be happy to deal with the wrapping for you, but please do call or email for a shipping estimate first, before buying this antique silver dressing case so that we can fully meet your delivery needs. We ship totally without charge to any mainland UK address. If you are not content with the article, we offer a 14-day money back promise in compliance with the Distance Selling Regulations. You will be responsible for for the return shipping fees for this antique silver dressing case, unless we have mistakenly defined the item in some crucial way and you do not get the item as described. You must return the article in its original wrapping and condition. You are also accountable for any customs duties or local taxes that fall due outside the European Union for the shipping of this antique silver dressing case. Some Guidelines on Buying Antique, Vintage and Second-Hand Silver Picking out antique and second-hand silver is a vast subject which involves craftsmanship by some of the finest master goldsmiths who were globally renowned artists in their own right down to the most functional and ordinary of machine made plain domestic items. In pondering obtaining this antique silver dressing case we are happy to provide a few guidelines that might help you decide on the thing that is best for you. Highly valued for hundreds and hundreds of years, silver has distinctive attributes that have made it both striking and valuable and consequently many people have collected and used it in a variety of different forms. There is a large quantity of antique, vintage and second-hand silver out there currently available today. So how do you know what to go for? The major suggestion is that you ought to pick what you actually like. Give some consideration to exactly why you like this antique silver dressing case and if it appeals to your artistic feeling then why delay? Industry experts always say that you should decide on the very best you can afford, and this does not actually mean the oldest or indeed the largest. Do take a moment to understand the makers and the designs that charm you and this will aid you identify the direction you need to go to build up a great silver collection. If you enjoy a particular piece of silver such as this antique silver dressing case you will want to show it to friends and family and your pleasure will be experienced by them as well. A key issue is the condition of a silver item and how much renovation work has happened to it over the years. When picking out silver antiques that are over 200 years old they will need to have what is called a 'patina' which is a combination of the colour and the wear. You cannot expect an old silver item to appear as if it just emerged from the workshop - if it really does then it has likely been greatly restored which is not the best thing for an item of antique silver. Give some thought to that in the silver antiques world a small bit of restoration is tolerable where a small ding or dent may be very carefully eliminated. But be warned of over plating, lead or silver solder, repaired seams, holes, erased inscriptions, patches and later additions or decorations. All of these are unsatisfactory for a piece of great antique silver. Happily here at Regent Antiques we are vigilant and offer only the finest unblemished silver pieces and where things like re-plating have been done we will inform you. We always supply ample photos of our silver items so you can see accurately what condition they are in. Do take a few seconds to look at the images for this antique silver dressing case to assure yourself of its condition. If you have any enquiries about it you are always very welcome to call or email us. We will be delighted to put your mind at rest about the condition of this antique silver dressing case. Please keep in mind that silver tarnishes and you will have to take care it by polishing it relatively frequently. It's a good notion to clean it with a long term polish and then then try to show it in a fairly airtight cupboard if you're able to. This will keep it shining for the greatest possible time. If you look after it well this antique silver dressing case will essentially last forever.

Dimensions in cm:

Height 19 x Width 34 x Depth 24

Dimensions in inches:

Height 7 inches x Width 1 foot, 1 inch x Depth 9 inches


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