Now the nights are drawing in, this late 19th century Victorian oak coal box could be useful. The coal box is unusual in that it has a patent mechanism for opening the pair of oak doors at the front. You push the handle on the top backwards, and that levers open the doors at the front. The box has a pair of panel doors, a turned oak handle with brass attachments, a metal liner and an original shovel which is held in a bracket at the back. The box is in working condition, although it has been quite well used, and the shovel does show some wear to the blade from use.
A pretty gilt wood Swedish cartel clock, the water gilded decorative wooden case with floral, bow and ribbon decoration in very good condition. The good reliable German movement strikes the hour and the half hour. The convex cream 6 inch dial is signed for the retailer H. Runsten, Stockholm, with black Arabic numerals and minutes. The pendulum is mirrored from behind. Intricate pierced gilt hands.
A black and white engraving of Lord Kenyon. It is in a period ribbed ebonised wood frame with gilt slip. The text under the engraving reads: ' Sir Lord Kenyon Bart, Late master of the Roll, now chief justice of the court of King's bench, created Lord Kenyon Baron of Gredington. June 1788. printed by J.Spiel, published May 1789
A framed Georgian engraving of the Right Honourable Henry Dundas. The frame is period to the engraving, in ribbed ebonised wood with a gilt slip. The engraving has suffered some creasing to the lower part, and foxing. The lower part of the engraving reads 'The right Hon. Henry Dundas. One of his Majesty's principle secretaries of state, treasurer of the navy, president of the board of commissioners for India & MP for the City of Edinburgh. Painted by Geo. Rowney Esq, engraved by Ini Young, engraver in mezzotinto to His royal highness the prince of Wales. London June 4th 1798'. slight chips to the frame as expected with a frame of this age.
A mirrored pair of hand relief decorated Japanese vases dating from the early 20th century. The vases are decorated to the front with a figure (possibly the deity Benzaiten) riding on a Baku, which is a spiritual being that is the eater of bad dreams and bringer of good luck. They are followed by servant bearing a fan, and to the reverse a seated figure, possible the bad dream which is being chased away. The vases have a painted mark to the rim of the base. Presented in very good condition, slight rub to the gilding on the rims. Dimensions: 31.5cm H