Material: Eastern White Pine [pinus strobus] by analysis: Alden Identification Service
Linen, rosehead nails and brass tacks.
Condition: Fine original condition; short shrinkage crack, one wire hinge needs to
be closed which we will do. Wonderful original surface, great patina.
Additional Information: The box is likely cooper made…staves joined to full coverage
carved end panels by beautiful rosehead nails. The half round door is initialed “CC” and
dated “1728”, underside of door initialed “BG” …likely a second owner. Both the
turnbuckle latch and door pull are carved. The drum is upholstered in homespun linen
with edges strengthened and decorated with green twill binding tape secured with brass
tacks. Within the interior was stored the workers various instruments and supplies: pins,
scissors, thread, and bobbins. The pillow was set upon the knees allowing the
lacemaker to work her craft on the padded cylinder. A rare survivor…
The making of bobbin lace required a means of attaching multiple threads; bobbin lace
is made from a number of threads attached by pins to a cushion/pillow, each thread
being wound on a small bobbin. The design is drawn on stiff paper or parchment, which
is carefully stretched over the pillow and pricked out along the main lines. Small pins are
inserted at close intervals, around which the threads turn to form the various meshes
A good image depicting the use of a lace pillow is published within Genevieve Cummins
book, Antique Boxes Inside and Out, Page 304, plate 564. Also, A Diderot Pictorial
Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, plate 445.
Depicted is a possible variant of an annunciation, most unusual considering the apple and naked angel; scenes with man embracing woman; a framed face facing woman; engraved on the sides is "Verlaat" translating to "to abandon/leave" and "De Wereldt" or "the world." The iconography and verse is perhaps suggesting mortality and embracing physical pleasure before departing this world; open for interpretation.
(It appears that the base was re-soldered long ago, else fine; L: 6.5", H: 1.25", D: 1.75")
Heavy gauge, exceptional engraved detail including biblical scenes; copper sliding panel within raised lids reveals pierced and engraved scenes (see images); interior of lid features a pair of engraved hinged doors; at center is a chapter ring with Roman numerals; a dial hand (tulip Minute; crescent hour terminus) secures the doors in closed position. The doors open to reveal pierced and engraved brass washed in silver.
(L: 5", H: 1.5", D: 2.25")
Pierced and engraved domed hinged lid above bowl containing removable copper liner; the whole resting on cabriole legs; turned handle received by tapered and incised ferrule. Excellent condition; H: 6"; foot to handle: 14".
The boss decorated with Saint George astride a horse trampling dragon underfoot, all within a band of Germanic text, gadrooned booge, and a broad rolled rim with punched ornament. The rim impressed "TV BM"; diameter: 16.5".
Entirely hand engraved 2.5" rocker and line engraved silver rim with hinged lid mounted on speckled cowrie shell. Eagle with shield on breast grips arrows and olive branches. Stars above, with owners initials DK. Pristine condition.
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