Antique Victorian Sewing Box

A highly decorative harewood, tulipwood and boxwood Victorian sewing box c.1850. The various woods are inlaid to the lid and front of the box in the most beautiful of designs and patterns. This is complimented with bands of mother-of-pearl and abalone again inlaid to the lid and front of the box. The mother-of-pearl inlays have an intricate pattern and this all goes to make this a very special decorative design. The centre of the lid has an inlaid brass engraved two-handled vase filled with inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone, boxwood and tulipwood to represent flowers and leaves. The lift-up lid retains its original silk lining and has a fall-front compartment for storage. The inner lift-out tray has its original silk lining, eight mother-of-pearl cotton reel holders, a lift-out pad with three sewing implements, a lift-out needle holder and in front of this a bone cotton winder. There are two recesses at the back where thimbles would have been and four divisions at the front for various sewing items. Under the tray is space for storage. It measures 30.5cm. wide x 23cm. deep x 14cm. high. A stunning looking sewing box.