A lovely example of a miniature cylindrical post box with hexagon lobed dome carved top. The front has a brass letter plate and glass panel with collections times on the front of the lockable door.
The base has a drawer and brass swing-handle. We presume this wonderful piece would have been in a large country house, emptied each day by the servant and taken to the post office.
Prior to the introduction of street letter boxes in the UK in 1853, a letter would be posted by taking it to a receiving house or person known as the Bellman, who donned a uniform and walked the streets ringing a bell to alert people of his presence.
Comes with a fully working lock and tasselled key.