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Pair of knife boxes

  • Place of origin:

    England, Britain (made)

  • Date:

    1770-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Mahogany, inlaid with boxwood, satinwood and ebony, with brass feet and silver cutlery.

  • Museum number:

    W.49&A to A/24 & 1 to 26 -1937

  • Gallery location:

    On loan

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On loan to the Judges Lodgings, Lancaster.

Physical description

Pair of knife-boxes. English, about 1775. Mahogany inlaid with boxwood, satinwood and ebony. Rectangular with shaped serpentine front, with four lines of vertical herring-bone stringing in satinwood and ebony. Hinged cover sloping backwards from serpentine front to a flat horizontal top is decorated with herring bone surround and a star in satinwood and ebony, and on the inside with a boxwood and ebony star within a diamond compartment. Three claw-and-ball feet in brass, one in the middle of the front, two at the back corners. Each case is fitted with wood sockets for two dozen knives and more accessories.

The case W49A-1937 contains one dozen silver handled table knives and one dozen similar desert knives, and the case of W.49 contains one dozen silver handled table knives and eleven dessert knives. Case W.49 also contains one carving fork and W.49A also one carving fork and one carving knife, all of similar pattern.

Place of Origin

England, Britain (made)

Date

1770-1800 (made)

Artist/maker

unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Mahogany, inlaid with boxwood, satinwood and ebony, with brass feet and silver cutlery.

Dimensions

Height: 38.7 cm, Depth: 21.9 cm, Width: 22.9 cm

Descriptive line

Mahogany inlaid with boxwood, England, 1770-1780

Materials

Silver; Brass; Mahogany; Ebony; Boxwood; Satinwood

Techniques

Inlaid

Categories

Woodwork; Interiors; Tableware & cutlery; Eating

Collection code

FWK

Qr_O321998
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