An exceptional George III rolled paperwork rectangular work box, retaining its original, vibrant colouring and reputedly decorated by Mary Earnshaw in 1795
The satinwood edge mouldings bordered with rope inlay, the top with a central steel axe head handle within a vivid turquoise rectangular panel with gold, cream, black and gilt decoration within a green border, the sides set with multicoloured ovals, teardrops and other variant quillwork panels in a variety of colours including black, cream, yellow, green and blue, the compartmentalised interior lined in pink paper with a brass rod fitted with five individual whitewood reels flanked by a pair of whitewood cotton barrels, an open rectangular compartment flanked by a thimble recess and a pink silk and ribbon mounted needle book, the front fitted with a ratcheted roller flanked by a silk pincushion in tumbler form whitewood cup and a tape measure aperture fitted with a Chinese bone tape measure, lacking tape and spindle. Sold with the remaining contents, as consigned, comprising; a flannel with eight pins, a turned ivory stiletto with screw-off cover, 5.7cm, a circular cream silk pincushion initialled in pink 'E.J./H.J.', a box containing a bracelet with colour printed label for 'E. S. Smith, Venetian Shell Jewellery and Dublin Fish Scale Ornaments ... E. Eastern Gallery, Crystal Palace', a pair of 'books', Poems I and Poems II in red card with gilt foil details, Vol. 1 as an emery, Vol. 2 containing a yellow silk skein holder and double needle flannel, another 'book' in green material and gold foil, fitted with a drawer to the long 'page' edge with a pink lining and two needle flannels, the box 21.6 x 14 x 7.2cm, with original steel key, with an outer hand-made blue paper covered cardboard box with lift-off lid, stitched base and lid, the lid edge applied with two white paper strips, the lid inscribed in old ink script 'Jane Earnshaw, 1816, Lace', and again to the interior 'J.E. 1816', 23.2 x 19 x 19.5cm.