Sep 292017
 

The new catalogue from Mark Goodger contains a remarkable Regency sewing box and, being a sucker for antique boxes, I am delighted to showcase it. From the outside, it all looks fairly straight-forward – a kingwood box with ornate brass inlay to the front and top, standing on four turned wooden feet. But open it up and there is an absolute gem of  a sewingbox/writing case.

The website has this description:”Opening the door to this exceptional sewing and writing cabinet reveals gold tooled leather book spines, these are in fact three drawers that are disguised as four books with a divider. The books are labelled “British Poets Vol I” & “II”  and “British Classics Vol I” & “II”. This impressive regency cabinet contains its original interior. The bottom drawer is paper lined and has a single large compartment for storage. The middle drawer contains several compartments stocked with sewing supplies including thread spools, thimbles, pincushion, tape measure and a fitted tool pad with tweezers, scissors, pricker and needle case. The top drawer features two inkwells, pen tray and other compartments for storing other writing supplies.”

The contents have obviously been assembled as a labour of love
by the recent owner – and make a fascinating display of utensils appropriate to a box made
in the Regency period – probably around 1815.
I think it is really fabulous – it is only just over 9 inches tall, but has been beautifully restored.
Two centuries on and it is a remarkable reminder of how exquisite the workmanship of the
time could be. Who else thinks this would make a rather nice present for Christmas?
Well, at £4,500 maybe not – but it is a sumptuous delight for the eyes. Thanks, Mark!