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Bookbinding stretcher

Bookbinding stretcher

  • Place of origin:

    France (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1670-1700 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Carved walnut

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Walnut carved in relief. A horizontal beam of rectangular form, carved on the underside with rosettes in compartments, is fitted at three inches from the ends with a pair of screw uprights, on which moves up and down an adjustable horizontal, tie-beam, resting on and regulated by a pair of large, scroll-ended fly nuts, and carved on the upper side with a pattern of rosettes and diamong-shaped compartments in low relief. The nuts are carved on the lower side with husk motifs.

Place of Origin

France (possibly, made)


1670-1700 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Carved walnut

Object history note

Bought for £8 from Charlesworth Antiques, 8 Avery Row, London W1 'chipped, rubbed, scratched' (RF40/194)

Descriptive line

Carved walnut, French 17c (?)




Woodwork; Bookbinding; Tools & Equipment


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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