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.
4½ in. (11.5 cm.) High
2¾ in. (7 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1820