Large Antique English Morocco Leather Despatch / Dispatch Box by Wickwar, London For Sale
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Large Antique English Morocco Leather Despatch / Dispatch Box by Wickwar, London

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A good large Victorian despatch box made by the famous manufacturer, Wickwar & Co. 6 Poland street, Manufacturers to H.M Stationery Office. A despatch box (alternatively dispatch box) is one of several types of boxes used in government business. Despatch boxes primarily include both those sometimes known as red boxes or ministerial boxes, which are used by the Sovereign and her ministers in the British government to securely transport sensitive documents, and boxes used in the lower houses of the governments of the United Kingdom and Australia. The term was used as early as the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, referring to a box used to carry an important message for the Queen. This example with chamfered top and tooled decoration, is inset with a large solid brass Campaign or military style handle which lies flat when not in use. Below the handle is the royal insignia for Queen Victorian - V.R. - Victoria Reigns, gold embossed. The bottom left-hand corner has another gold embossed initial, presumably for the original owner. The box comes with the original "Bramah" lock, always a sign of quality; complete with the working key (this is sprung and requires a push and turn to unlock); the box with then snap shut and lock, so ensure that the key is never left inside! Excellent condition measuring 15" x 10" x 5 1/4". Victorian in era, circa 1860. Item ID: 40847.       

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  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 5.25 in. x W 15 in. x D 10 in.H 13.34 cm x W 38.1 cm x D 25.4 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    40847
  • Reference Number
    LU3365313827191
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