Maker: William Chapple
Made of Morocco red leather on a pine carcass, this box bears a label to the interior for William Chapple. The address of 14 High Holborn suggests it was made by William Chapple Junior as opposed to his father. Although the father and son did work together, research shows William Junior held the High Holborn address. Although not noted at High Holborn in the 1815 Directory, insurance records list Chapple at the address in 1819.
Although he still had a business association with his father at their Piccadilly premises, William held the High Holborn address as late as 1852 but was gone by 1865. The label also notes that he was a Manufacturer to His Majesty's Army & Navy. The leather has decorative tooling to the edges and a brass swan neck handle to the top. The interior is lined in green marbleized paper. The box is of a small size and although probably not used for papers would have been useful for small valuables. Circa 1825.