Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard

6 ft. I in. lung x 3 ft. li ins. high x I ft. Si ins. extreme deptli Diitf. ahmit 1 700

and is fitted with seven drawers in all, each with the lion-headed ring-handles. With these later sideboards a somewhat reprehensible custom came into vogue—that of making the tops of thin wood three-quarters of an inch, or even less, in thickness, and facing them up. Pine being the usual wood employed, and the veneer being applied on the one side only, these tops are generally found either warped, or, where they have been secured with glue, cracked across.

The usual accompaniment to these self-contained pedestal sideboards was a pair of slope-fronted knife-cases, six examples of which are given in Figs 278 to 283. Apart from the reference by Sheraton to a certain John Lane, who specialised in the making of these articles, there is strong evidence to suggest that the general sphere of manufacture of these knife-cases was exceedingly localised. The inside of the lids is nearly always inlaid with either a circular fan or star, in boxwood and ebony, within a panel formed by a chequered line of the same woods. This detail is almost general, although of apparently unusual character. The mountings of these cases were quite frequently of a very expensive character, generally of silver, pierced and engraved. It is also quite usual to find the holes which were cut for the knives, forks, and spoons, edged with fine chequered lines. There is abundant evidence to show that these knife-cases were costly articles of furniture, and from the generic resemblance between many

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