A wonderful Ladies papier mache jewellery box and writing slope by Jennens & Bettridge (marked below). Also marked below is the makers’ model and production number (see pictures). With its low shape and concave sides, the outside is beautifully decorated with Mother of Pearl, and the original lock (sprung action, replacement key) and drop down catch are all lovely features. Inside, there is a lift out tray with original inkwell, and below that an open space. The inside has been restored using traditional washed silks, combining well with the original base silks. The whole sits on four squat feet. Jennens & Bettridge flourished 1815-1864, so this will probably be placed in their later era when they were at their best.