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959. Irish Carved Bog Oak Book Slide Case Harp Shamrock Welsh Feathers Dublin Ireland
An Extremely Rare Irish Hand Carved Bog Oak and Arbutus Wood Book Slide of good size proportions, mid to Late Nineteenth Century, of outstanding quality and condition. The non-adjustable base with all-round scrolling penwork depicting shamrocks and a central Irish Harp carving within a circular surround, a hinged flap with another Harp above a base with shamrocks and Scottish Thistle carvings, the other with a carving depicting the Welsh Three Ostrich Feathers above a base with similar carvings. Attributed to Cornelius Goggin 13 Nassau Street, Dublin Ireland.
Condition: Good untouched condition with almost no losses to carvings, nice surface patination.
Width: (an impressive) 19.5" (49.5cm). Depth: 5.75" (14.5cm). Height: 7.75” (19.75cm).
Location: Dublin City, Ireland.
Fixed price affordable worldwide Store to door shipping.
Irish Bog Oak wood is a rare timber which is excavated from deep underground, usually as a by-product of turf cutting, or when bog land 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 example in superb condition.