Unusual Antique English Arts And Crafts Solid Oak Calligrapher’s Box, c. 1900 NR Or Illuminator’s box? Likely custom made, and unique

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Seller: ratkinson1968 (1,612) 100%, Location: New York, New York, Ships to: US, Item: 113783708964 Offered for sale, a very unusual English Arts and Crafts solid oak calligrapher/illuminator’s box with two commodious brass inkwells/paint pots and two incised pen or brush rests within, c. 1900. In years of dealing antiques I have never seen its like and I have to believe it was custom made. The box is octagonal in form with a gem-like profile, its lid chamfered to a smaller top echoing the overall octagonal form. The lid opens on brass hinges to reveal two removable brass inkwells/paint pots, and a surrrounding surface incised with two individual pen or brush rests. My feeling, confirmed by discussion with peers who specialize in Arts And Crafts furniture, is that it was made for a client who did illustration/illuminations in the neo-gothic manner popular in the period. I also believe it to be a truly rare example for the collector of Arts and Crafts era design and antiques. The piece is unsigned, but quintessentially English Arts And Crafts in its construction, materials, and overall aesthetic. If used much it was certainly well kept; it’s very clean overall, the brass wells included. They’d polish up nicely but I’ll leave that to the buyer’s discretion. Those wells measure 1 9/16” high and 1 11/16” in diameter. Condition: Very good. Slight pitting and wear to the box’s exterior, nothing a good polish won’t attend to. Very solid construction. I am a long time professional Antiques dealer and guarantee my description to be accurate; I offer no questions asked returns if you’re not pleased for any reason. As this is a weighty item I’ve offered the most cost effective shipping method. US buyers who want a priority shipping option please contact me. International buyers welcome too but be aware shipping is likely to run over $50 US. Sub-Style: English, Type: Calligrapher’s Box, Style: Arts & Crafts/Mission Style, Material: Oak, Height: 6”, Original/Reproduction: Original, Width: 7 3/8”, Maker: Unknown, Color: Dark Wood Tone

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