A Victorian Rosewood Box with Mother of Pearl Inlay


Origin: English
Period: Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1860
Height: 4.75 inches
Depth: 8.5 inches
Width: 11.5 inches

Beautifully aged rosewood with a patina that is full of character, having mother of pearl escutcheon and top inlay blank for personalisation.

Perhaps once a jewellery specific box with a removable top tray, this box is now marble paper paper lined but with the original royal blue padded silk lid and working lock with key.

Rosewood is among the heaviest and densest of all furniture wood, weighing around fifty three pounds per cubic foot, against, say, oak which weighs a mere forty six. This density makes it more immune to such pests as woodworm, which choose to cut their teeth on softer woods. Rosewood gradually became popular by the 1830s and in the 1840s it was widely used, both in veneer form for cabinetwork and in solid form for such items as chairs, table legs, and in this case, boxes.

A great gift; perfect for storing all kinds of keepsakes, from jewellery to letters, from postcards to precious mementos.