Other Antiques


Medieval Coffret 

European, probably French, 1475-1525

Wooden case covered with beautifully patinated leather and then bound in iron. The iron is secured with large, berry-like studs and small round ones in lively patterns. Original linen lining to interior. Domed lid initialled AC with carrying handle. Coffrets were used to secure small, valuable possessions -- coins, jewels, silks, ivories etc. -- particularly when traveling. A nice (and rare) relic of medieval life -- functional then, and a real eye-catcher today.


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Crewelwork Fragment 

English, 1650-1700

Crewel work was a form of free embroidery in wool or silk on a linen canvas that was used for bedhangings, table carpets and curtains. It's heyday was in 17th-century Britain. Colors were muted blues and greens with some pinks and browns included. This fragment is typical of its period. From an English collection.


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Mold for Pewter Bowl 

English, 19th c.

Now here's an unusual item for a pewter collector -- or anyone else for that matter. It's a mold for a pewter bowl, with an inscription that implies that a bowl made in it would be deeper than the mold. Perhaps the extra height was flattened into a broad rim??? You can figure it out as well as I can. Don't you love the rough cut surfaces with the deepest saw marks you'll ever see!


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Pair of Benefactors' Glass Panes 

Franco-Flemish, 1593

A record of who donated the church windows into which these panes were set: "Noel Valkener, procurer of the Venerable Court of Liege," and "Seigneur Lambert de Mopertingen, citizen of the town of Tongre." Both dated 1593. These panes ensured that when the men arrived at the Pearly Gates, St. Peter would recognize them instantly and wave them into the pre-approved lane. Money well spent.


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Stone Lion 

English, 17th/early 18th c.

Expressively carved recumbent lion in Cornish serpentine with a soft and subtle luster. The carving of the mane and the face is exceptional and contrasts beautifully with the smoothly patinated body. You won't tire of looking at this one! Serpentine is a grey-green-blue stone found only at the foot of the Lizard peninsula, Cornwall's most southerly point.


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