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"a lady's traveling box" from Thomas Sheraton The Cabinet Maker And Upholster's Drawing-Book (1793).
This box has accessories for both writing and dressing. WB144: Mahogany late 18th century writing box the top inlaid with maple inlay depicting a patera and edged with a cross banding in laburnum to the top.
The few which were made before 1780 were rectangular and had sloping tops, less steep than the earlier bible boxes.
They had side drawers for paper and spaces for containers of ink and sand.
Unlike the writing desk or table it was a personal and not a household possession.At the same time exciting things were happening abroad.News of excavations in Europe and North Africa stimulated the imagination.The box has two compartmentalized drawers to the sides.
The top opens to a sloping writing surface with replacement leather writing surface and a lift out pen tray.The box also has an adjustable riser enabling it to be used as a reading stand 1790Rare polychrome penwork writing slope the center of the top depicting a trading caravan on the Silk Road.