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Georgian Cutlery Urn

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Category
Reference
dibs
Height
47 cm (18 1/2")
Diameter
23 cm (9")
Georgian Cutlery Urnbeautifully veneered with narrow bands of a herringbone flame mahogany equally separating each piece on its elegant tapering body, the top half is decoratively inlaid with diamond shaped yew and flame mahogany panels with boxwood lines. The cutlery urn sits on a turned cylindrical base and, is made made from Cuban Mahogany - this all sits on a square quarter veneered plinth which is edged with boxwood and has a dog tooth inlay and moulding surrounding the base. Unusually this wonderful cutlery urn has two locks on opposite sides which must be unlocked before lifting the top, once this is done the top can be lifted revealing the stepped cutlery deck to hold six spoons, forks and knives.

The georgian knife urn has two ebony kite shaped escutcheons with two locks on opposite sides that are both fully working and come with tasselled keys.

Richard Gillow, son of founding member Robert Gillow, was recorded as saying knife urns were expensive, difficult and time-consuming to make - the expense being due to significant wastage of wood in creating the urn shape, hence their rarity and value today.


Height when open: 25'
Height
47 cm (18 1/2")
Diameter
23 cm (9")
Year
c. 1810
Medium
Wood
Country
United Kingdom