19C Irish Coromandel Wood Campaign Decanter Box with Irish Crystal Decanters

19C Irish Coromandel Wood Campaign Decanter Box.

STUNNING mid-Victorian Decanter box from circa 1860-1880.

Made in Dublin…..makers brass label on the interior…. T.K. Austin & Co., Dublin……a top quality Merchant in Dublin in the mid to late 19th Century.

Made for Military Campaign purposes…….it has brass fold-in handles and brass banding on all edges.

Made of highly desirable Coromandel Wood from Ceylon (now Sri Lanka).

The lid opens on hinges that fix into position.

It is monogrammed on the top bearing the owners initials.

The interior is lined with the original purple velvet and inside the top it has 4 brass hooks for attaching liquor glasses. We have found that Waterford Crystal Port Glasses fit perfectly.

The lock and fittings are all of the best quality and marked “R.C & S” in a Crown.

Being sold with later Galway Irish Crystal Decanters.

The Sterling silver labels in the pictures are being sold separately.

Highly expensive piece when it was made…..only a very wealthy officer could have afforded this !!

Everyone falls in love with this piece !!

COROMANDEL WOOD: Calamander wood or Coromandel wood is a valuable wood from India, Sri Lanka (Ceylon) and South East Asia. It is of a hazel-brown color, with black stripes (or the other way about), very heavy and hard. It is also known as Macassar Ebony or variegated ebony and is closely related to genuine ebony, but is obtained from different species in the same genus; one of these is Diospyros quaesita Thwaites, from Sri Lanka. The name Calamander comes from the local sinhalese name, ‘kalu-medhiriya’, which means dark chamber; referring to the characteristic ebony black wood. It is used in furniture, Luthiery and for sculpture.

Coromandel wood has been logged to extinction over the last 2 to 3 hundred years and is no longer available for new work in any quantity. Furniture in coromandel is so expensive and so well looked after that even recycling it is an unlikely source. A substitute, Macassar Ebony, has similar characteristics and to the untrained eye is nearly the same but it lacks the depth of colour seen in genuine Coromandel.

Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calamander_wood

THIS IS A TOP QUALITY AND RARE ITEM !!

19C Irish Coromandel Wood Campaign Decanter Box.

Provenance: Bought by us at Auction in Ireland.

Dimensions: 12″ High x 9.75″ squared. Decanters: 9″ High x 3.5″ squared.

Condition: There is a crack on the top of the lid, which is quite common with coromandel wooden boxes….due to shrinkage with age. The crack has been filled. But otherwise the box is exceptional.

The decanters alone are worth over $1,000.

Price Now: $4,000 (Full Set)

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