British Colonial Ebony Pen BoxLate 19th century
A British colonial ebony pen box with a hinged, stepped lid. It is carved on all sides in low relief with a geometric pattern. The interior is fitted with several compartments, including a small lift out one. It also has a secret compartment. The inner edges of the hinged lid and box are inlaid with ivory circles. The box stands on four small ebony feet.
The box is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing. Ebony is a rare, expensive black wood of very close grain and is heavy in weight.
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British colonial India
H: 7 cm W: 27 cm D: 9 cm
H: 3” W: 10½” D: 3½”