Knife boxes would only have existed in the upper echelons of society in late 18th and early 19th centuries. There were two forms of knife or cutlery boxes made to designs by Adam, Hepplewhite, Sheraton and others. The urn-shaped box with a lift up lid is much rarer. The urns were usually made to stand one on each end of a pedestal sideboard. The more common form is a sloping mahogany box, serpentine shaped in front, with divisions for holding cutlery. The lid was generally inlaid with a star on the inside, but a cockleshell inlay on the outer surface will be a Victorian addition. Some knife boxes have had the divisions for knives removed, and been converted into stationery boxes. In Australia, knife boxes rarely appear on the market, nor is demand strong, as apart from collectors, there is little purpose in owning one.
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A lidded box, often made of oak or walnut with incised carving, designed to hold the family bible with its record of births, deaths and marriages. They were sometimes set on a stand and were popular in the 17th and 18th century, although there are also 19th century examples.
George III leather covered and velvet lined knife box. Second half of the 18th century. Fitted with various patterned and sized silver cannon handle knives, some blades replaced (21). Approx. Weight 2108 grams. Provenance: The Owston collection, Bonhams, S
A Georgian mahogany knife box, with hinged lid and serpentine front, the lid inlaid with a boxwood oval fan rondel, framed by crossbanding and chevron stringing, conforming crossbanding and stringing decorates the front fascia along with a silver shield sh
A Victorian bone and Sheffield plate three piece carving set, 1860s, a fine set comprising a blade, fork and sharpening steel with twist carved bone handles and urn and swag embossed ferrules and terminals; in a blue velvet and silk lined box. Length 37 cm
A George III mahogany and satinwood fitted knife box with a harlequin suite of English silver flatware, with a cross-banded string inlaid sloping lid and arc-en-arbalette shaped front with a silvered plaque and escutcheon, the hinged cover opening to a fit
A George III mahogany knife box, of rounded form, the sloped hinged top enclosing an inlaid fitted interior, with brass handles to either side and raised on silver claw and ball feet, 23 cm wide, 20 cm deep, 34 cm high
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