5227 A Fine Pair of Brass-Inlaid Mahogany Coasters
This is a very fine pair of mahogany coasters - quite similar to one I illustrated (pl.10/36 p.206) in my book, "Great British Wine Accessories 1550 - 1900" - only these are a good deal better! Apart from one small and old chip to the rim they are in really excellent condition with their original baize linings.
The salient point about these coasters are the brass-inlaid stringing lines around their rims. Brass-inlaid furniture and furnishings of this period is highly collected and I loaned a similar single example to the Victoria & Albert Museum when they had an exhibition of such pieces in the early 1990s.
Very often, mahogany coasters have split along the grain, but these have survived without that detraction, nor have they been stripped and re-polished; they are in excellent condition and are very fit for purpose.
Dimensions: 6.5", 16.5 cm. max. outside diameter, 5.25"13.3 cm Inside diameter.
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