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    Posted 6 months ago

    Elisabethan
    (264 items)

    This is a wooden pocket watch case/stand made by my great grandfather around 1880-1900. You fold one part up and then you have a stand for your pocket watch. There is a little hole for the chain itself or upper part of watch to keep it in place. He made this as some sort of exam or entrance test for a job. To show his skills in carpentry. The box is handmade and handcarved. I don't know what kind of wood. Maybe pine that has been treated to look like darker finer wood like mahogny? This was in Sweden (Europe) so mahogny is not a natural type of wood for the area that is why I think it is made from something else. Could perhaps also be some kind of fruit tree?
    I think it is beautiful. It is very smoth from the skilled work and from hands holding it before me. It is 7,8 cm x 7,8 cm.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 months ago
      Wow! He was indeed talented and this carved box shows great skills!
      What a fantastic family memory to have!
    2. Brunswick Brunswick, 6 months ago
      It is very nice to possess something done so artfully, especially when a family member does it, it brings it that much closer!!

      Thomas.
    3. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 months ago
      Very beautiful, collectors long for such items !~
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Thank you Kyratango, family memories indeed :)
    5. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Brunswick Thanks! Yes even if I never met him (too wide a timegap between generations) I can see his skills and hold the endresult of his craftmanship. That is great.
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Thanks for your nice words PhilDMorris!
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Thanks everyone who loved my post!
    8. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      He did a magnificent job.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Thank you Blunderbuss!
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      The design looks just perfect too.
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Blunderbuss I agree, the design is great. Clever and well made. The front almost looks like one solid piece until you draw them apart. When flipped open it rests naturaly against the other part in a good angle. I guess when closed you would keep the watch and chain inside of the case and when used as a stand the little hole would fit the upper part of the watch and the chain in place.
    12. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 months ago
      Wow, it’s beautiful Elisabethan. A legacy from your great grandfather that can be past down through the generations, I can’t think of anything better to remember your forefathers.
    13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Keramikos you are right we have a lot of trees here :) and we have hardwood like oak and ash and like I mentioned some of fruit trees are harder. It my english that was lackning here when I wrote that as I can't find the word I am looking for I mean to say "fine" wood like mahogny. I don't know if they used ash for carved pieces like this and it doesn't look like the oak grain. Birch was often used for furniture and the surface was treated to look like oak or some other kind of wood. So birch is a good guess. But birch is softer than this. The wood in my piece feels harder but maybe that could be because it has been treated and time has dried the wood. I don't know just thinking of possibilities. There are some old and skilled carpenters who has little shop together in town. I just came to think about it that I could show them and ask. Don't know why I didn't think of them earlier.
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      And I also want to say thank you ofcourse to Peasejean and Keramikos for coment. Nice, thank you!
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Thank you everyone for loving my post!
    16. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 months ago
      beautiful, very clever piece!!
    17. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 6 months ago
      Ho2cultcha thank you for your nice coment! Yes it is clever. I love that when you see it in old handcraftet things.
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 months ago
      Thanks guys for loving my post.

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