I have the best husband in the world. He and I visited New Orleans in early December for a friend's 50th birthday celebration. While there, we stopped in an antique shop, Royal Antiques, on Royal Street. While there, I looked at this beautiful antique English stationery box. I fell in love.
When I got home, I called the store to order it. However, it had already been sold. And then on Christmas day...voila! It was given to me by my husband.
Many people who collect items such as this don't use them. They are meant only to be looked at and admired. However, I disagree with that approach. I have mine front and center on my desk and am enjoying the heck out of it. Every time I use it, I feel like a character from Downton Abbey.
There are so many wonderful compartments -- the calendar function, the elastics for stamps/postcards to be displayed, the secret compartment for special items, two inkwells for my fountain pen ink, a beautiful key that opens and closes the box. And the craftsmanship is unlike anything you will find now. I feel incredibly fortunate to have such a piece and to be able to use it every day.