Veneered, rectangular box-shaped knife case with serpentine front, deeply slanting lid, and three cusped ogee bracket feet. Banding framed by diagonally-striped and light-wood stringing outlines the perimeter of the lid and the front facing edges of the case. Cockbeading is nailed to the lower edge of the lid. The interior of the case is fitted with vertical slats that support a pierced board able to accommodate forty-six pieces of cutlery. The perimeter of the board and the cutlery compartments are outlined in three-layers of light- and dark-wood stringing. A narrow filet base molding is glue around the lower edge of the case. The solid wood base is screwed to the underside of the case. The lid is attached to the case with two astragal-headed, rectangular hinges. A silver oval escutcheon with an O-ring is affixed to the center of the lid front and centered below is a locking mechanism installed in the interior of the front wall of the base that catches an elongated loop of iron extending downwards from the case lid. The lock is served by a slightly larger pointed oval silver keyhole escutcheon.

Date

1770-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany veneer, holly inlay, silver, brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 15 in. x 9 in. x 12 1/4 in. (38.1 cm x 22.86 cm x 31.12 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1951


Object Number

M-1603/A


Colors


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