A VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED OAK 'COUNTRY HOUSE' PENFOLD LETTER BOX
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A VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED OAK 'COUNTRY HOUSE' PENFOLD LETTER BOX

BY WALTER THORNHILL, CIRCA 1870

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A VICTORIAN BRASS-MOUNTED OAK 'COUNTRY HOUSE' PENFOLD LETTER BOX
BY WALTER THORNHILL, CIRCA 1870
Of hexagonal form, the down-curved lotus-carved roof and budding finial above a letter slot and paper postal notice over a base drawer on a conforming hexagonal plinth, the drawer pull impressed with maker's name W. Thornhill, 144 New Bond Street and registration mark, the base probably associated
65 in. (165 cm.) high, overall
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Lot Essay

Walter Thornhill assumed control of Thornhill & Co, a well-appointed firm of 18th century Cutlers (established in 1734 by James Gibbes), in 1850 - 51. The subsequent year Walter registered the business at its premises, 144 New Bond Street. Thornhill's excelled in the manufacture of fancy goods, including writing-cases and dressing-cases, beautifully crafted curios and games, which were well-received at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and throughout the second half of 19th century. In 1875 the firm was known as Walter Thornhill & Co. and it continued to flourish. Reviews in the fashionable ladies periodical The Queen, excitedly praised Thornhill's 1877 catalogue for its 'Novelties in Knick-knacks'.

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