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Pair of Medieval Hair Shears 

English, 14th/15th c.

Medieval haircut? Possibly used by a professional barber-surgeon or in a monastery or nunnery. They still have some spring in the handle and a bit of a cutting edge. Mundane tools such as this rarely survive. Medieval art often shows Delilah cutting Sampson's hair with shears like these. Excavated from the Thames in 1978, in a private collection ever since.

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Tea Cannister or Caddy 

Dutch,

One of the very few caddies that retains its lid. Mark of Adriaen Pynacker (1690-94). Heraldic decoration of two lions rampant holding a shield with lion rampant: the arms of the Prince of Orange (in 1695 William of Orange was ruling Britain with his wife and cousin Mary.) Also chinoiserie decoration of bird, chrysanthemum and foliage, all in a deep cobalt blue. European heraldry with baroque scrolling meets traditional Chinese motifs! A true collector's piece.

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Blackjack 

English, 1650-1700

OK, there are blackjacks with fancy silver mounts made for the elite -- but of those made for everyday folk, this is as good as you'll ever find. Pewter lip initialed K.I.T. and decorated with lunettes like those found on boxes and coffers. Made of 4-ply, handstitched leather with a footrim nailed and stitched on for strength. Beautiful shape, with small, thick handle on a canted side. Dark, old, well waxed surface. We love it!

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Counting House Bowl 

English, Early18th c.

Used for counting coins in a business or country estate. Interior is rounded from base to rim so coins can be easily slid up into the hand with consequent wear to rim. Sturdy, stable form with boldly turned decoration, including around the top of the rim. Rich, well-waxed, old surface -- just the way the English like 'em!. Today, perfect for a banker's desk.

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Table or "Bible" Box 

English, 1625-50

We've never seen one constructed this way: a boarded box with applied moldings that simulate panels! The "chunkiness" of the split balusters indicates an early date. The iron is all original, and the box has that superb, chestnut-to-chocolate color together with the surface blemishes typical of early elm: tt looks really old. Notice too the initials SD on the lid in brass upholstery nails. A very distinctive piece

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