Miss Robsons Box

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Project by tdv posted 10-21-2010 12:41 PM 2347 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 10-21-2010 12:44 PM

Certainly nice to have a bit of history on the project… nice tale and nice work…

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#2 posted 10-21-2010 01:31 PM

Beautiful box! Thanks for sharing your story.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 01:32 PM

That is a touching story. I am a better person, knowing that it was re-built with such dignity. Now it will remain for many more generations. I love posts like these. Thanks.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 01:32 PM

Outstanding restoration Trevor. You took some pieces of wood with a story behind it and turned it “back into” something beautiful. A piece to treasure and hand down from generation to generation. Thanks for the story and the pics. Nice work.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 01:45 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 10-21-2010 01:50 PM

Dude, you almost brought tears to my eyes.
Nice work, this piece would deserve to end up in a museum, with its story and that of its former owners. Thanks for sharing the good karma.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#7 posted 10-21-2010 01:59 PM

Stuff like this is why I come to Lumber Jocks first thing in the morning. What an inspiring piece and story to match. Hats off to you Trevor for your skillful reincarnation of this “Priceless” piece and the heart it takes to truly understand what it really is.

Yup… Seeing this made my day. Thanks for sharing Trevor!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 10-21-2010 02:01 PM

What a wonderful story.
What a wonderful box.
You have caused me to ponder all that is around me.


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#9 posted 10-21-2010 02:02 PM

Lovely old piece. Nice restoration.

-- "Everybody makes mistakes. A craftsman always fixes them." (Monty Kennedy, "The Checkering and Carving of Gunstocks", 1952)

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#10 posted 10-21-2010 02:16 PM

wonderful story and restoration. Do you have a before picture?

-- curious woodworker

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#11 posted 10-21-2010 02:26 PM

Trevor, great job on the restoration and a fantastic story to go along with it. This project truly exemplifies how a piece of woodworking can be an important history lesson, and how a woodworker can facilitate the honor and dignity of that piece living on for future generations to ponder.

Excellent work, my friend!

(And thanks for giving me the heads-up PM.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 10-21-2010 03:13 PM

An excellent tribute to all that previously possessed the box. I’m sure they would all be proud.

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#13 posted 10-21-2010 04:00 PM

Beautiful work, Trevor, and an excellent restoration job. I think you did a fabulous job of honoring the memory of Miss Robson and her man who went marching off to war. It is wonderful when pieces like this are kept around for generations and the story stays with them. They may not be worth a fortune in money, but the worth that lives in the heart is far more valuable.

May I suggest that you write out the story as you have here and keep it permanently stored inside the box so the story is never lost. I say this because I have a couple of things that I know are family mementos, but I don’t know their full stories.

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#14 posted 10-21-2010 04:28 PM

I second Mary Anne’s suggestion!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#15 posted 10-21-2010 04:28 PM

Thank you for your well executed effort on Miss Robson’s box Trevor. I truly appreciate what you have done.

I disagree with you on the monetary value though. The history and your work have made it worth a fortune.

I personally believe this to be a piece deserving to be loaned from time to time to a museum, where I know your work and the history can touch an untold amount of people.

-- Darrell B.

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