This fine colonial box, believed to date to the late 18th century, is of beautifully grained sandalwood. The interior still retains a strong smell of sandalwood. The mounts are of pierced, high-grade silver and held in place with tiny silver tacks. Two solid-cast silver handles are on either side.
The sandalwood has a wonderful, golden patina which contrasts beautifully with the silver corner guards and so on.
The top is hinged and has a central silver plaque that is finely engraved with the arms of the Lawrence and De Aguilar families.
A handwritten note inside the box says that the box once belonged to Charles Lawrence, who was a former mayor of Liverpool in 1823. The family has connections to Jamaica. The port of Liverpool and Jamaica were closely connected by the triangle sea trade to Africa which involved the shipment of sugar, salves and other commodities.
The interior is fitted with fine compartments and drawers all in sandalwood and with silver ring cover pulls. The internal compartment pulls out and on each side beneath are two drawers.
A lock is present but the key no longer is. The box itself is in fine condition.
Jaffer, A., Furniture from British India and Ceylon: A Catalogue of the Collections in the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, Timeless Books, 2001.