Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock

PRESENTING A LOVELY piece of Irish Folk Art, namely, an Irish Bog Ash Desk Clock over 3000 yeas old !!

This is a piece of bog ash …….. petrified ash wood preserved by being submerged in an Irish bog …… it is circa 3000 years old (the wood that is) !!!

The piece of wood has been rescued from the bog, cleaned, treated and covered in resin to ensure its preservation after leaving its home of over 3000 years !

The patina is GORGEOUS !

It has been converted into a really nice quartz movement wall clock with golden roman numerals and dials/hands.

One thing we can say with certainty……NOBODY ELSE in your circle of friends will have a piece that is over 3000 years old !!! LOL



History: Bog-wood, also known as abonos and morta, especially amongst pipesmokers,[1] is a material from trees that have been buried in peat bogs and preserved from decay by the acidic and anaerobic bog conditions, sometimes for hundreds or even thousands of years. The wood is usually stained brown by tannins dissolved in the acidic water. Bog-wood represents the early stages in the fossilisation of wood, with further stages ultimately forming lignite and coal over a period of many millions of years. Bog-wood may come from any tree species naturally growing near or in bogs, including oak (Quercus – “bog oak”), pine (Pinus), yew (Taxus), swamp cypress (Taxodium) and kauri (Agathis). Bog-wood is often removed from fields etc. and placed in clearance cairns. It is a rare form of timber that is “comparable to some of the world’s most expensive tropical hardwoods”

Bog wood in an aquarium releases tannins into the water, turning the water brown.

Because bog-wood can remain undecayed for thousands of years it is of use in dendrochronology, often providing records much older than living trees. Wooden artefacts lost or buried in bogs become preserved as bog-wood, and are important in archaeology.

Bog-wood may be used in joinery to make furniture or wood carving. Bog-wood sometimes has aesthetically interesting shapes (similar to driftwood) and as such may be use as ornaments. As bog-wood dries out, it may crack or split, but this does not necessarily detract from the aesthetic qualities of a bog-wood sculpture. It is a traditionally favoured wood for the carving of dirks (bìodagan) and sgian-dubh in the Scottish Highlands due to its natural colour.

Bog-wood is used in aquaria for ornaments, providing hiding places for fish and a growing surface for plants such as Java fern.[3] Additionally, the leaching of organic compounds such as tannins into the water causes a brown colouration. It is also a staple part of the diet for loricariid catfish kept in aquaria as it aids digestion.[citation needed]

During the nineteenth century bog oak was used to make carved decorative items such as jewellery [4] and in some parts of the world it is still used for making of unique artifacts


Irish Folk Art Bog Ash Desk Clock.

Provenance: Bought at an Irish Folk Art Craft Fair in Ireland.

Dimensions: 5.75″ Tall, 9″ wide and 2.2″ deep

Condition: Near Mint.

Price Now: $425

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