Swiss walnut cased music box, of rectangular form, inlaid with fruitwoods in a central floral spray and boxwood strung, playing twelve American Airs length 60 cm. Depth 19 cm. Height 14.5 cm
boxwood. Boxwood is a hard, yellow coloured, close grained timber. In the 19th century it was often used for inlays, especially stringing, because of its contrasting colour to the darker timbers of the carcase. Stringing is the inlay of a narrow strip of veneer of a lighter colour, such as boxwood along or close to the edges of an object that has been veneered in a darker timber such as mahogany.
Because of its fine grain and resistnce to splitting or chipping it has also been used for treen, turnings, carvings and other small wooden items, such as chess pieces.
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