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The top and front are wonderfully inlaid with brass, mother of pearl and abalone with intricate engraved swirls of flowers and leaves. The top features an intricate and spectacular piece of inlay of a middle eastern men and a camel resting under a tree.
The interior has its original velvet gold tooled writing surface which is beautifully inlaid around the edges to mirror those of the exterior. There are two removable velvet trays complete with mother of pearl ruler, seal with semi-precious stone, dip pen, pencil, lead case by Samuel Mordon, scissors & letter openers. The box also contains a travelling inkwell and match safe for melting sealing wax. Last but not least the box features a secret compartment which, when accessed, reveals three fabulous little solid satinwood drawers; these are constructed with tiny dovetail joints, and the fronts are veneered in coromandel.
Frederick Ludwig Hausburg and his uncle August Wilhelm Bernard Promoli were partners in a business selling clocks and watches. They initially had a shop in Paris before they opened retail premises in an old post office building at 24 Church Street, Liverpool. The business expanded, going on to specialise in the sale of both British-made and imported goods of high quality, and was renamed Hausburg in 1841.