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Dressing box

1750-1775
Origin: England
OH: 8 1/2"; OW: 18"; OD: 14"
Mahogany, ebony, glass, and brass
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 1967-583
Appearance: Rectangular box with flat, domed lid with cove molded sides; top hinged to box at rear; box has straight sides, grooved at each corner and terminating in lamb's tongue; pair of brass, bail handles, one at each side; molded base supported on four ogee bracket feet; elaborate etched brass keyhole escutcheon inlaid at front center with concealed keyhole cover which is released by pushing button beneath center, front molding; interior of lid fitted with rectangular looking glass held in place by molded frame; box equipped with variety of fitted compartments, those at each corner covered with rectangular sliding lids with brass ring pulls; slotted center section; spaces for glass inkwell and sander at front; right side of case pulls upward to reveal full length drawer beneath interior compartments.

Woods: mahogany throughout except for the ebony molding on the box covers.
Inscription(s):Illegible chalk inscriptions on the underside of the full-length secret drawer (does not appear to be old).