Coromandel Wood Journal Holder
Gilt mounts and porcelain roundels decorated with putti, to the front, back and top.
Maker: Howell James & Co, Regent Street, London. c.1870
Dimensions: Length 23cm, Height 12cm. SOLD
This charming piece holds 3 original journals, including the accounts of a Lady, listing items such as expenditure at the dressmaker and gifts to charities, (dated 1877). It is a piece of excellent quality and charm. Howell James & Co, was an establishment purveying extremely high quality goods and at the height of its powers it employed 140 shop girls, most of whom lived above the shop in Regent street. In 1884, Howell James became a Limited Company, so this box pre-dates that change in business status.
With original lock and key - both working a spring loaded base, which rises to lift the journals when the lock is turned.
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