Very rare green horn Anglo Indian sewing box with fitted interior; Anglo-Indian ca. 1830-1850.Trapeze shape box the base section reeded, the lid with a raised radiating reeded panel below a carved knop with bone decoration , original fitted interior which includes: Solid sandalwood body, 3 starburst shaped lids with horn knobs, pin cushion, thread winder, 2 thimbles and 4 other compartments. Additional storage space underneath the removable tray. Sandalwood and horn decoration underneath the lid, silver lock, hinges, original working key. Four bun feet. A sewing box time capsule; 1
height: 5.5 in. 14 cm., width: 9 in. 23 cm., depth: 6 in. 15 cm.
Further readings and sources:
- The sewing box, or workbox, became a much loved personal accessory, where the lady it belonged to kept her embroidery tools and materials. Ability to compose and embroider designs on fabric was regarded both as a major accomplishment and an indication that one was au fait with the aesthetic influences of the period. The boxes associated with the work had to be of the expected artistic standard. They reflected both the personality and the social standing of the user.
There are many references in literature to sewing, embroidery tools, and boxes. In Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park (1814) the heroine Fanny Price finds solace in ” … the room … most dear to her … ” [where) ” … The table between the windows was covered with work-boxes and netting-boxes … ” It is interesting to note that Fanny’s boxes were given to her principally by Tom, her first born cousin, a veritable Regency bon viveur and not by the more modest Edmund, although the latter was her special friend. Evidently the boxes were regarded as luxuries.
By the time Jane Austen was writing, the workbox had reached the height of its stylistic development, both in boxes crafted in England and those imported from abroad. Jane Austen herself had a large Chinese export lacquer box/table on stand, complete with fitted tray, which can still be seen in her house in Chawton.