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S/2624 Antique Treen 19th Century Lignum Vitae Go to Bed

An attractive lignum vitae capstan shaped go to bed in two sections, having a screw thread and a circular carved striking area on the base. The interior was used for the storage of matches and the top has a small hole for the match. These were also used as a desk item to melt sealing wax for letters. The whole has a good rich colour and patination.

3 in. (9.5 cm.) High
1 in. (4.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1840