19th century rosewood letter box

Mar 01, 2021. 20:34 UTC
19TH CENTURY ROSEWOOD LETTER BOX
Jonathan
United States of America

Acquired from
Inherited

For sale
Yes
Description

MEASURES 8 X 5 X 4"

Provenance

unknown

Answered within about 1 hour
Mar 01, 21:40 UTC
By Delia

Fair Market Value

$150 - $250 USD

Insurance Value

$400 USD
What does this mean?

Hi Jonathan,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry.
I can't tell if the lid and front plaques are mother of pearl or metal - I've said this is mother-of-pearl but if it's different please let me know.
Based on the photos and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A Victorian mother-of-pearl inlaid rosewood document box
English or American, 19th Century
Of rectangular form, the hinged lid with a plaque inscribed "Ellie," the front with a diamond-form mother-of-pearl escutcheon; the interior with green felt lining.
4 inches high by 8 inches wide by 5 inches deep
CONDITION: wear commensurate to age. This would have had a lift-out-tray that is now lacking.
PROVENANCE: inherited
$150-250*
*represents a fair-market value for auction purposes; retail or asking price may vary.

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