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S/4431 Antique Treen 19th Century Mahogany Mystery Object

A most appealing mystery object in good quality mahogany, having extensive boxwood stringing. The base resembles a mortar with a central collar and bands of boxwood stringing on a slightly protruding base. The interior has a ridge at the bottom, above a slightly concave base and a vertical groove to one side. The plunger, resembling a pestle, has conforming vertical boxwood stringing and being of circular form, fits snugly into the mortar, sitting on the ridge at the bottom. It is hollow up to the handle, but has a half inch (1.25 cm.) wide thread on the interior into which something screwed into. We have no idea what it is nor its use. The whole is of excellent quality, workmanship and has a lovely rich colour and original patination.

Pestle: 3.25 in. (8.5 cm.) Diameter and 8.50 in. (21.5 cm.) High

Sold 4 in. (12 cm.) High
5 in. (12.5 cm.) Diameter Possibly Scottish Circa 1840