Veneered, rectangular box-shaped knife case with serpentine front and deeply slanting lid. Diagonally-striped stringing outlines the perimeter of the lid, the front facing edges and the back edges of the case. The interior of the case is fitted with vertical slats that support a pierced board able to accommodate sixty pieces of cutlery. The perimeter of the board is outlined in diagonally-striped stringing. The cutlery compartments are outlined with a three layer border of light- and dark-wood stringing. The interior of the lid features an inlaid six-pointed star and a border of chevron stringing that mirrors the profiles of the interior walls. The case rests upon a solid wood base with beveled bottom edges that slightly projects from the case wall to form a lip. The lid is attached to the case with two oval hinges. A silver oval escutcheon, engraved with a double-line border, and 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 extending downwards from the case lid. The lock is served by a second oval silver key escutcheon engraved with a double-line border.

Date

1770-1790


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany veneer (primary), unidentified softwood (case, interior partitions), oak (base), silver, brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 15 in. x 9 1/4 in. x 9 3/8 in. (38.1 cm x 23.5 cm x 23.81 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1952


Object Number

M-1846/B


Colors


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