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S/2517 Antique Treen 19th Century Lignum Vitae Beehive String Barrel

A good quality lignum vitae beehive string barrel in two sections, having continuous ribbed decoration. The top has a revolving tulip shaped cutter, which is attached to a wooden interior spool for the string that then passes through a small hole at the base. The whole is raised on a concave stepped plinth with three bun feet below, and has a lovely rich dark colour and patination.

Sold 4 in. (11.5 cm.) High
2 in. (7 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1820