Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

A diminutive oak bible box with naïve carving on its face

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This oak box is notable not only for its small size but also for the imaginative carving on its face. Through a combination of scratch carving and punchwork, the carver has rendered a botanic picture that is varied and interesting, filling empty spaces with punchwork probably created by the same small V-tool that created the bulk of the decoration. A small gouge may have created the flowers at the ends of the branches, and a straight chisel may have been used to sketch in fourteen five-pointed stars. The ends of the face are treated with chip carving.

The lock and its hasp are original. The forged iron strap hinges are later (19th century?) replacements for the original cotter pin hinges. The remaining bits of the left-hand hinge are visible within the box; their delicacy explains their failure.

A humble box, created lovingly by a capable country craftsman.

English, ca. 1680

Dimensions: 16 ¼” X 11”; Height: 6 ½”

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Inventory #26164

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