Stay Busk

1675 (made)
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Busk of carved wood, curved in two directions, with inscription on reverse, and date and carvings of hearts and other motifs on the rounded front. With a narrow lip at both ends, rounded at the smaller end, with a double bow at the other end.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Wood, carved
Brief Description
Stay busk, carved wood with inscription on reverse and various motifs including hearts on the rounded front, made in England, 1675
Physical Description
Busk of carved wood, curved in two directions, with inscription on reverse, and date and carvings of hearts and other motifs on the rounded front. With a narrow lip at both ends, rounded at the smaller end, with a double bow at the other end.
Dimensions
  • Length: 38.7cm
  • Wide end width: 2.6cm
  • Thickness: 9mm (maximum)
Marks and Inscriptions
  • 'WONC A QVSHON I WAS ASKED WHICH MAD ME RETVRN THESE ANSVRS THAT / ISAAC LOVFED RABEKAH HIS WIFE AND WHY MAY NOT I LOVE FRANSYS' (Inscription incised into surface of busk back)
  • 'GENSIS XXIIII VERS 67 (1675)' (Genesis 24, verse 67: "And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death." (King James Bible))
Collection
Accession Number
W.56-1929

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record createdDecember 22, 2005
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