Victorian Mahogany Letterbox
English: 3rd Quarter 19th Century
Victorian Mahogany Letterbox open Victorian Mahogany Letterbox front Victorian Mahogany Letterbox back
Victorian Mahogany Letterbox open Victorian Mahogany Letterbox front
Victorian Mahogany Letterbox back
Victorian Letterbox
English: 3rd Quarter 19th Century
Mahogany
19 inches high, 9.5 inches wide, 9.5 inches deep
$3,750

A fine English Victorian letterbox in the form of a miniature standing mailbox.  The octagonal box is surmounted by an acorn finial on a domed top above a conforming octagonal stepped molded frieze.  The front panel (of 8 faceted sides) has an upper section separated by a thin molding, and contains a brass-trimmed rectangular mail slot.  The main section has a full front panel door hinged on the left that opens with a key.  A brass-trimmed sign holder with an inset paper sign specifying collection times is mounted on the door. The entirety is raised on a plinth base, the full front panel pulling out to reveal a secret storage drawer.

Letterboxes such as these were likely used in a multiple-apartment dwelling, business or hotel lobby, or intended as a novelty box for a large private library.  Other English Victorian examples, similar in form, are known, also in oak. 

Paper sign: "Collection times Weekdays 10 am & 4 pm Saturday 12 noon Sunday none."

Condition: Generally very good with the usual light wear and shrinkage. Rich patina.  Paper sign replaced.