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Anglo Indian Restoration

Anglo Indian objects have become a very popular collecting area over recent years, and have always been a favourite of ours, and one in which we specialise.

In our opinion the most attractive of Anglo Indian objects were made in the area of Vizagapatam, on the east coast of India, for the (mainly) British market. The name Vizagapatam covers a wide range of decorative styles, and on this page you will see examples of the many items we have restored over the years in the following materials:

Porcupine quill
Buffalo horn
Fretwork plus
Work from Ceylon

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Ivory Veneered Boxes

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A range of ivory veneered boxes shown to illustrate the extensive range of shapes and styles of engraving to be found on boxes from Vizagapatam. We restored all these boxes.

Anglo Indian #03A lovely ivory veneered tea caddy, relying on reeded ivory and fan decoration for its appeal. A wonderfully simple and very modern look. But as with so much of ivory veneered work, in need of a great deal of tlc to bring it back to its earlier glory.

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This work box had fared better than most that we see. No warping, few losses, just very dirty.

Anglo Indian #05A heavily engraved work box with topographical 'whimsey' views. These photographs show a common problem; curling and cracking of the ivory, particularly of the side lid panels where the grain of the ivory and that of the underlying wooden carcass run in different directions.

Anglo Indian #06Another common fault with Anglo Indian boxes; the wooden carcass moves and pulls apart beneath the ivory, causing lifting/breakage to the ivory and general warpage of the box, particularly the lid.

Porcupine Quill Work

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The mid 19th century saw a wonderful inventiveness in the combination of porcupine quill and ivory decoration. Here are just four examples of the the lids of boxes restored over the years.

Anglo Indian #08An unusual porcupine quill decorated tea caddy. Porcupine quill items always arrive with several pieces missing - and are always very dirty as can be seen.

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A wonderfully decorative quill and ivory workbox with radiating horn and ivory fan. It had had rather a hard life!

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The quills were dirty but otherwise in good condition on this box, but the engraved ivory lines needed attention.

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Two more examples of the unending variety of Anglo Indian quill work.

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Buffalo Horn

Buffalo horn: rather sombre but very attractive and imposing we think. The almost black horn fading to shades of brown and green over time.

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This extravagant card press, faded to a wonderful green, was a wonderful item to work on.

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Two horn tea caddies, both reeded, but one plain and one heavy engraved.

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The trays from Anglo Indian boxes are often in a state of collapse, with compartment dividers missing.


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Highly aromatic sandalwood was ususally, but not always, used as the wood from which the carcass of Anglo Indian objects were made. It is however, a very attractive wood in its own right, particularly when set against engraved ivory decoration. We restored all the items in this section.

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Two more restored engraved ivory banded sandalwood boxes.

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A lovely 18th century gentleman's document box with extravagant silver mounts and carrying handles.


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Intricate patterns of fretted ivory secured by ivory or metal pins to horn or tortoiseshell veneered objects, were popular export items towards the end of the 19th century. Ranging from very fine to rather thick, fretwork is very fragile and parts are usually lost. Whilst we cannot guarantee to match missing areas, we can certainly improve upon the 'look'. But it is rather time consuming!

Work from Ceylon

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Much of the work from 19th century Ceylon is highly decorative, characterised by the extensive use of ebony, quills, bone/ivory dot decoration, decorative inlay and the use of specimen woods as decoration. This image gives an illustration. All items were restored in our workshop.

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Ebony is an extremely dense, hard wood, and yet was carved into wonderful intricate designs shown here. Restored, cleaned and waxed the high points of the carving shine.

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Examples of the ebony, bone/ivory dot and quill decoration instantly recognisable as work from Ceylon.

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