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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A pair of Georgian, inlaid mahogany Sheraton style knife boxes, height 41 cm

Georgian inlaid mahogany knife box, with fitted interior, 34 cm high

Georgian wooden knife box. With nice string inlay and marquetry. Without innards. Approx 39 cm high, 23 cm wide, 27 cm deep

Georgian wooden knife box converted to stationary box. Needs restoration to the hinge, approx 35 cm high, 22 cm wide, 21 cm deep

A Georgian mahogany knife box/stationery box, early 19th century, height: 38 cm

George III inlaid mahogany cutlery box, with silver escutcheon, 38 cm high. Purchased Stanley Lipscombe Antiques, Sydney 1965.

Georgian mahogany knife box, 18th/19th century, of serpentine form, the front inlaid with a rose of the winds, with fitted interior lined with burgundy velvet, height 33 cm

A George III Sheraton knife box, the lid with sunburst marquetry decoration, the interior knife holders are removed, 36 cm high, 33 cm deep, 23 cm wide.

A Georgian mahogany knife box later converted, to stationery box, c.1830 and later, the interior with six knife slots and three letter, compartments. Height 37 cm, width 22 cm, 29 cm

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 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