Learn about Knife Box

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.

Learn about Bible Box

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.

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George III inlaid knife box, serpentine front, with refitted interior, width 22 cm, depth 28 cm x height 37 cm approx

Fine antique Georgian mahogany knife box decorated with inlay borders, approx 38 cm high, 23 cm wide x 31 cm deep

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

George III mahogany knife box, converted to a stationary box. Height 35 cm

A George III mahogany knife box, circa 1780 of demi-lunar form, having a canted lid to the top surmounted by a brass loop handle, opening to reveal a fitted interior, 41cm high, 38cm wide, 26cm deep

A Georgian mahogany knife box, early 19th century interior with segregated knife slot compartments. Height 36.5 cm

Georgian mahogany knife box with boxwood and ebony stringing c.1780

A cedar cutlery box, Australian, 34 cm high, 44 cm wide, 45 cm deep

A George III mahogany knife box. 37 cm high, 24 cm wide, 30 cm deep

A George III mahogany knife box, with a sloping hinged top, above a serpentine front with the interior fitted with latter decanter compartments. 37 cm high, 24 cm wide, 30 cm deep

Antique Edwardian English lidded cutlery box with metal handle, approx 40 cm long, 28 cm wide

Oak cutlery box with contents, approx 12 cm high, 45 cm wide x 25 cm deep

A George III mahogany and fruitwood knife box with fitted interior. Height 35 cm

Three items including Victorian knife box. Also, ornate pierced brass letter rack; & 20th century walnut cigarette box. Knife box missing interior fittings. Various

Fine antique George III lidded urn form mahogany knife box, with herring bone inlaid banding, standing on a square base, approx 62 cm high

Antique George III mahogany knife box, converted to stationary box, approx 36 cm x 24 cm

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

Set of 24 bone handled knives in Hardy Bros box; plus, assorted fish and fruit cutlery in oak canteen

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

Georgian mahogany knife box with original interior (A/F)

Pair of Regency mahogany knife boxes the tilt top lid revealing extensive fitted interiors. Satinwood inlays. Ball feet. Note that one box is slightly taller than the other

A fine George III mahogany and satinwood cross-banded cutlery urn and cover, English, circa 1810

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

A fine George III mahogany and satinwood cross-banded cutlery urn and cover, English, circa 1810. 55.9 cm high

A pair of Victorian mahogany knife boxes, each tall rectangular with chamfered lids inlaId with a basket motif, internally fitted with five compartments, 34. 5 cm high.

Late Georgian mahogany fitted knife box dimensions 37 x 22 x 27 cm

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