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Pair of Antique Mahogany Cutlery Urns

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72.5 cm (28 1/2")
30.5 cm (12")
Pair of Mahogany Cutlery Urns inlaid with boxwood herringbone inlay and edged with a boxwood and tulipwood crossbanding. Their fronts are decorated with a silver shield-shaped escutcheon. Each stands on a square plinth base on ogee bracket feet. They are finished with beautifully shaped, turned acorn finials which help when lifting the lid, lifting the lid reveals a fitted stepped interior with further chequered boxwood inlay. One cutlery Urn is fitted just for spoons and the other for knife & forks.

This very elegant pair of Cutlery / Knife Urns comes with fully working locks & tasselled keys.

Height when open: 38.5 inches

In Georgian times, knife boxes were displayed on the sideboard to reflect the owner's wealth and style. Today knife boxes make a very elegant accessory in a modern or period home.

Although normally referred to as "knife" boxes, the beautifully shaped lids open to reveal cutlery decks in which there are apertures to fit almost any kind of knives, forks, and spoons.

A pair of knife boxes is usually equipped to hold twenty four knives, forty eight forks (including dining and dessert) and forty two different size spoons. This indicates that knife boxes would have a popular accessory in large Stately Homes and Country Houses.

Mahogany is the name given to many types of tropical hardwood and can be found in Africa, India and South America, most of which are a red-brown colour with a fine, even grain. This makes it easily workable and gives it a durable finish which attributes to its popularity with many kinds of furniture.
72.5 cm (28 1/2")
30.5 cm (12")
c. 1840
United Kingdom