Antique English Victorian Mahogany Knife Box Converted to Four Bottle Library Decanter Box
This is an early Victorian, C.1850, mahogany knife box converted to hold four decanters.
According to some experts, conversion of knife boxes to decanters was popular during the Victorian Era.
The decanter box has four cut-glass bottles. All four bottles are cut glass. The two bottles at the front are designed with a small squares pattern. One of the two bottles at the back has at stars' pattern, while the other has the squares pattern on the upper part of the bottle, and a clear frame on the bottom. The bottles are 9 inches tall and 3 1/4 inches wide on each side. Each stopper has the diamond pattern. The bottles are in very good condition with no chips or cracks.
This converted knife box is beautiful with classical lines and shape. The front of the box has a brass escutcheon and a brass handle.
The lid is sloping and inside the lid has a diamond inlay. The sloping frame that once in the original knife box has been removed, and that space has been converted to hold four decanters. The decanters fit snugly into the blue velvet compartments. At the front of the slope inside the box, there are five circular holes. If this piece was part of the original knife box, the these holes would have been used to hold cutlery. However, the box maker may have replaced this section and included this piece to hold cigars.
The front and lid of mahogany decanter box is decorated with a lighter timber with linear stringing. The stringing is in wonderful condition all around. The very heavy decanter box sits on three feet giving it a wonderful look sitting on a desk or side board.
The box measures 9 inches wide a the back; 12 inches deep; 15 1/4 inches tall at the back, and 9 3/4 inches tall at the front.
A gorgeous example of English box making.
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