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Exceptionally Rare 19th Century Black Morocco Leather covered Miniature Country House Pillar Post Box

Exceptionally Rare 19th Century Black Morocco Leather covered Miniature Country House Pillar Post Box

England

circa 1870

The black leather covered post box is of octagonal pillar form with a domed pagoda top. A window in the front of the door displays the prevailing rates of postage, and the Bramah Patent lock is in good working order. Below the door a registration mark tells us that the design was registered on the 10th May 1873. The interior is similarly lined. Although the maker is not known, there is a trade mark showing a bird above the letter M stamped in the interior base.

In 1840, Sir Rowland Hill reformed the postal delivery service, establishing a cheap and reliable service. In 1840, 76 million letters were sent via the post, by 1889, 2186 million. In remote country houses it became customary and fashionable to have a posting box in the hall, which was regularly emptied and delivered to the nearest post office. The times of collection and rates were inserted into the front panel.

Comparative Literature: Edward H. Pinto, Treen and other Wooden Bygones, Bell & Hyman 1969.

A comparable miniature street pillar box with a similar lobed dome cover, a leather lined interior and door compartment, was to a design registered in 1872, by John Batson of Brewer Street, Golden Square, London.


Height 40.50cm (15.94 inches)

Width 21.00cm (8.27 inches)

Depth 21.00cm (8.27 inches)

Stock No: F1118

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