Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

A small oak bible box with richly carved face

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Imaginative carving adorns the face of this little box. The original lock box in the center is framed by a large circular carving on either side and three nulled figures rising out of a fielded background beneath. The circular figures are decorated with punches and gouge cuts, and the upper corners contain triangular carvings. Although clearly not the work of a master carver, the naïve details and grand scale of the face are very appealing.

Inspection of the remains of the original wire hinges shows in an instant why they failed; they were simply too thin to do the job. They have been replaced with much more substantial strap hinges, which have served the purpose for at least two hundred years. The original hasp engages nicely with the lock.

The bottom of the box, which originally formed a dais, has been worn away in the front but is mostly intact on the sides.

English, ca. 1680

Top: 22 ½” X 12”; Height: 7 ½”

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Inventory #26165

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