This is a classic mahogany knife box with brass furniture (escutcheon, ball feet, side and top handles). The front of the box is serpentine with additional pilasters decorated with boxwood linear stringing and barber pole stringing. The lid is sloping and inside this lid is the typical star inlay and additional inlay. The interior of the box is covered with a sloping timber frame that is perforated for the cutlery. These perforations are edged with stringing and are different shapes for knives (two circles joined by a slit), forks (circular) and spoons (crescents). This is an example of the archetypal late 18th century knife box. Many, unfortunately, have been converted internally into stationery boxes by the insertion of cross panels and the removal of the main frame. The condition of this box is very good for age. This is therefore a pleasing example of an original fitted 18th century knife box and would display beautifully in any home. Height 14.25 ins (36cm) x maximum width 9.5 ins (24cm). Weight 2858 grams. This item appears in my book “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 81. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $56.00 USD – with no tracking is cheaper. This item is covered by own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Special Original Mahogany Knife Box, late 18th Century
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