• The Country House Sale - Newto auction at Christies

    Sale 5984

    The Country House Sale - Newton Hall

    20 January 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 127

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND BRASS-BOUND WRITING BOX

    EARLY 19TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A REGENCY MAHOGANY AND BRASS-BOUND WRITING BOX
    EARLY 19TH CENTURY
    The top bearing a plaque engraved with initials 'SEC' below a bird and anchor, part of the fitted interior lacking, the outer lock lacking
    8 in. (20.3 cm.) high; 21 in. (53.5 cm.) wide; 11½ in. (29.2 cm.) deep
    Together with: a French Prisoner-of-War bone model under a glass dome, early 19th century; a ticket to the funeral of the late Field Marshal The Duke of Wellington, K.G., for Captain Widdrington, R.N.; a shagreen encased pocket telescope, late 18th century; an Ivory and nickel mounted four-fold 24 inch rule by Holzapffel & Co., London; an ivory and nickel mounted navigator's sector rule; a nickel plated compass; two copper engraved book plates, one for Captain Cook, R.N., and the other for S.E.Widdrington; a calling card for Captain Widdrington, R.N.; and three brass plaques, each engraved 'Newton Hall/A.D. 1754'


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    Provenance

    Captain Samuel Edward Widdrington R.N., (formerly Cook) (1787-1856) and by descent at Newton Hall, Northumberland.