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Bookbinding Stretcher

1670-1700 (made)
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Parts
This object consists of 4 parts.

  • Bookbinder's Stretcher
  • Stretcher Part
  • Stretcher Part
  • Stretcher Part
Materials and Techniques
Carved walnut
Brief Description
Bookbinding stretcher, carved walnut, possibly French, probably 1670-1700
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.
DimensionsFrom catalogue (LHD): 29 x 19 x 3 1/4" (74 x 48.5 x 8.5cm)
Object history
(Bought for £8 from Charlesworth Antiques, 8 Avery Row, London W1 in 1940)

(Registered Papers 40/194)
Collection
Accession Number
W.4:1-1940

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record createdJune 24, 2009
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