|Project by tdv||posted 10-21-2010 12:41 PM||1874 views||2 times favorited||27 comments|
PLEASE READ FIRST. This one’s for Charlie (M1958) in response to his accident box. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. I didn’t make this but I got it as a trainwreck & renovated it. It is a family piece that came from an old maiden friend of my wifes Grandmother.(still with me?) This is known as a Campaign writing slope. The original laptop & popular with officers in the late 1800’s & early 1900’s away on capaign. Used to carry all correspondence materials pens ink paper etc.& letters from home. Miss Robson bought this box for her young man going off to fight in the trenches in WW1. Now for the sad part. Like so many other young men he never came home just this damaged box & a few belongings. Miss Robson as you may have guessed never married but she kept the box & on her death in the early 60’s the broken down box was passed on to her lifelong friend my wifes grandmother. When Grandma died it came down to my mother-in-law & on her death 2 years ago on to my wife. So in memory of them all & to the young man who laid down his life I have put it back into working order, the brass name plate was missing so I made a new one & as it has always been known as “Miss Robsons’ box” so I engraved it so & inlaid it into the lid. I have recovered the writing surface in red Velvet from Lucas’ chair & lined the storage areas with green baise.These pieces though antique have no real monetary value but I felt very priveliged working on it knowing all that it had been through to arrive with us.
God bless all the brave men that fight & lay down their lives for freedom & right & bless those that love & mourn them.
Thanks for reading
-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK