“I need one of your fine real glass boxes, especially made flat and small, to house an antique ivory miniature portrait of woman by J Jackson, as a wedding present for a craftsman and his bride.
The dimensions I need are: 9cm x 7.5cm x 1.5cm. It will go inside an antique writing box I am trying to furbish for them.
Your box, with the pretty girl inside, will go into the secret compartment which comes out of the side. Won’t she be amazing to discover?. I have also got an antique gold seal to go in there, and some hand-made paper, and postage stamps; but your/our pretty girl will be the biggest surprise.”