A fabulous hand decorated 'penwork' wooden casket with a procession of exotics, camel and Arabian horse & rider in lovely old Georgian era (c. late 1700s to c.1830) form, shape and period. The casket is fabulous closed, displays well from all 4 sides and is in remarkably fine condition for age. The interior retains the silk lining with compartments filled with sewing implements, spools, scissors, thimble, needle case and stiletto plus mother of pearl-topped waxer, as well. As lovely open as closed, so you'll have a rough time deciding how to display this one. There are a few small bits of hand-sewn embroidery and needlework within the compartment below the lift-out tray, each adding to the charm. The feet are cast metal cabrioles with feet, all in place and raising the casket elegantly. The handles are still there on both sides of the box, as well. The penwork top is stunning on its own, but complimented further with the old traditional penwork fern and flora motifs the entire casket, round. One final feature to mention, the working lock still does retain a working key. Wow!
Very good to excellent condition throughout, barely shows the 200 years or so of age. The working lock retains its key, as shown, and the interior is in very nice condition as well. The mother of pearl-topped spools and matching thread waxer are beautifully carved and are wonderful antiques in their own right, selling for more than $100 each when parted out separately. Thimble is there along with other sewing tools. You might wish to replace those with your favorite Georgian ones over time. I am sure these are not original to the box, though they are period and accurate. We think late 1700s to as late as perhaps 1830, but certainly no later on this rare treasure.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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