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Pair of Vase Knife Cases

Not known, c. 1795, Furniture; vase knife cases H. (closed) 62, D. 28

This unusual pair of vase knife cases is made from satinwood, birch, tulipwood, mahogany, pine, ebony and box. The stem, dome cover and carcase are of turned birch. The domed covers, topped by acorn finials, are segmented with herringbone strings in light, dark and green-stained woods. The lids are raised on square mahogany rods that slide within central tubes. The interior is designed to hold 21 knives, 18 forks and 12 spoons. The vases may have been placed one at each end of a dining-room sideboard.. The vase knife cases were given through the LACF by Lady Martin in 1955.  (C. Gilbert, <em>Furniture at Temple Newsam House and Lotherton Hall</em>, Vol. I.)</span>