Small Horn Writing Box

Small Horn Writing Box



A small horn Writing Box, which is likely to be Anglo Indian.

The box has an engraved floral border to the top enclosed by tramlines and circles. The construction of the top is a central panel fitted within a mitred edged lip to fit the bottom section of the box. Time has caused shrinkage and movement to the top leaving it a little off centre and with gaps between the panel and mitred edge.

A sprung metal push button has been used to lock the box. The interior has a fixed, full length pen tray to the back with dividers to the left for two inkwells. The base of the box is set a little higher than the sides so that they form a platform base. The sheet of horn used for the base has a small section fixed to one corner. This is probably because the sheet was just too small but may be a contemporary repair

Each corner of the box has three straps to strengthen the construction: one to the lid and two to the base. The straps to the lid have been engraved so that the floral border to the horn is not interrupted. The bottom edge of the box also has engraved floral decoration.

This is an interesting box and could also be used to store cufflinks and a watch etc. The horn has a lovely translucent quality to it offset by darker grain lines. Early to mid 19th Century.


Height 5.5 cm / 2 "
Width 20 cm / 8"
Depth 12 cm / 4 34"

Early to mid 19th Century






Antique Box


Some shrinkage / movement to horn. Damage to front right corner of lid as illustrated.