279. Antique Coromandel Mahogany Brass Inlaid English Writing Box Slope Mother Pearl

An Exceptionally Fine Quality English Well Figured Coromandel and Satinwood lined Ladies or Gents Travelling Writing Slope of outstanding quality and medium proportions and traditional sloped form. Firmly attributed to the work of Thomas Lund,  

The top and front are exquisitely inlaid with brass, mother of pearl and abalone with intricate swirls of flowers and foliage, early to mid-19th Century, complete with original fitted interior and later gilt tooled rust mottled leather writing surface. 

Condition: Professionally restored and in good firm condition. Box closes firmly with no gaps. Lock and key are present and working. Two crystal ink bottles of a later period, nice original firm hinges. 

Height: 5.75” (15cm). Width: 14” (35.5cm). Depth: 9.5” (24cm). 

Shipped to Wallingford, Oxfordshire, England. 

Affordable Fixed Price Worldwide Store to door shipping. 

Thomas Lund established his business and warehouse at 57 Cornhill, London in 1804. Initially selling pens and quills, Thomas had expanded the business by about 1815 to include the manufacture of cutlery, writing boxes and other fancy items, taking an additional premises at 56 Cornhill. By 1832, Thomas Lund had added Writing Slopes and Dressing Cases to his already extensive and impressive manufacturing repertoire. 

William Lund (Thomas’ son), also a cutler and dressing case maker, set up his manufactory and retail shop at 24 Fleet Street, London in 1835. The property had been acquired from William Anderson, a cutler and razor manufacturer, under whom William Lund had been previously apprenticing. 

Thomas and William ran their businesses independently, but after Thomas’s death in 1845, William took over the running of both, whilst also expanding his own premises to include 23 Fleet Street. By 1859, the Fleet Street premises had again expanded to include No. 25. 

When William Lund died in 1872, his son Charles continued on the business under the name of William Lund & Son.