Georgian Mahogany Cutlery Boxes
Pair of Georgian Cutlery Boxes (also known as Knife boxes) veneered in rich flame Mahogany with inlaid paterae on the top with a tulipwood cross banding and edged in boxwood. Both knife boxes have fantastic colour and patination. The fronts... Read MoreEnquire
Pair of Georgian Cutlery Boxes (also known as Knife boxes) veneered in rich flame Mahogany with inlaid paterae on the top with a tulipwood cross banding and edged in boxwood. Both knife boxes have fantastic colour and patination.
The fronts of the pair of knife boxes have a small silver-plated backplate with brass pulls to help top lift the lid of the cutlery box, beneath this is the teardrop-shaped bone escutcheon.
Opening the Georgian cutlery boxes reveals their original cutlery decks inlaid with boxwood & ebony. These will fit twelve Knives & Forks as well as desert, twelve Spoons and other several other large serving cutlery pieces.
This wonderful pair of knife boxes come with fully working locks and tasselled keys.
Condition of these are fantastic and original, both have similar shakes/shrinkage to their backs, please view the images.
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.