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17th Century Oak and Elm Spice Cupboard

17th Century Oak and Elm Spice Cupboard

17th Century Oak and Elm Spice Cupboard

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A handsome early spice cupboard in oak and elm and retaining, to the interior, much of the original painted finish.
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DIMENSIONS
21.5 inches wide and 10 inches deep max at cornice. Main body of cabinet is 20 inches wide and 9.25 inches deep. Height is 31 inches. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
17th Century
PRICE
£680

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FULL DESCRIPTION
A handsome early spice cupboard in oak and elm and retaining, to the interior, much of the original painted finish.

Original timbers throughout and peg jointed, the backboard with original forged nailed fixings, drawers with original linings and typical of third quartile 17th century construction, the top cornice with large hand cut dovetailed joints. Hand tooled boards including the fielded panel to the door.

Condition - principally original and in good condition throughout, usable, heavy and sturdy. Drawers slide in and out smoothly and the small brass button handles appear hand cast and may be original as there is no evidence of other or earlier handles. The cupboard has never had a drawer in the bottom/base - this has always been a void. Brass escutcheon is a Georgian replacement and the original iron lock is no longer present. Hinges are replacements for the original iron strap hinges. One thin fillet of oak scarfed into the backboards - a 19th century repair to close up a shrinkage gap and keep vermin out. Evidence of old worm but all long since dead. Bruises, dents, marks, minor chips and small losses consistent with age and use.

A simple provincially made example, nicely proportioned and of a useful size and suitable for wall hanging or table top use.

350 years ago or more this lovely cupboard was used to store treasured exotic spices under lock and key - such was their great cost and high status.

A lovely early British example and completely usable with some restorations and faults as described and reflected in our price