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S/4223 Antique Treen 19th Century Lignum Vitae Go to Bed

A lignum vitae go to bed of traditional form, having a screw top, that has a central hole for a match, which when removed reveals a vacant interior for matches. The base is lined with sanded paper for striking purposes. These go to beds were used to light the way, instead of using candles, which were expensive. They were also used on the desk for melting sealing wax when sealing letters. The whole retains a patination.

Sold 3 in. (7.5 cm.) High
1 in. (4.5 cm.) Diameter English Circa 1830