An Extremely Rare Irish Hand Carved Bog Oak Book Slide of medium proportions, mid Nineteenth Century.The sliding base with a double row leaf frieze decoration around the border with a plain inner reserve.
One hinged folding bog oak bookend is carved depicting an Irish Wolfhound seated beside a tree trunk.
The other folding bookend is carved depicting a view of an Irish Harp surrounded by carved Shamrocks.
Condition: Good condition with nice original surface patination, some minor repairs underneath, no losses to carvings.
Width: (closed) 19.5" (49.5cm). Depth: 5.75" (14.5cm).
Shipped to Tunbridge Wells, Kent, United Kingdom.
Irish Bog Oak wood is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bogland is drained for agricultural use. The wood varies in age, usually ranging between 2,000 and 6,000 years old, The wood has been preserved due to the unique conditions of the Turf bogs in Ireland which waterlog the wood and keep it free from oxygen and sunlight which would cause it to decay. The chemistry of the Bog also reacts with the wood and transforms it's colour. Bog Oak is usually jet black, but occasionally a very dark brown. Throughout the Nineteenth Century and later many decorative items such as small furniture, Writing Slopes Book Slides and Ladies Jewellery, always with distinctive hand carved Irish subjects. This is a very nice item in superb condition.