Antique Dutch Silver Marriage Casket. Please scroll down for photographs below. A rare 17th century silver wedding box knottekistje with a domed and hinged cover and swing handle. The pierced body has scrolling foliage, flowers and birds.
Weight 268 grams, 8.6 troy ounces. Stamped underneath with the flower mark.
Traditionally, a man's promise of marriage to his future bride was formal when he presented her with a coin knotted into a costly cloth (knottedoek). This later became a textile bag and then in the seventeenth century a silver casket (knottekistje).The boxes are usually rectangular with a semicircular lid and stand on ball feet although they also occur in the form of round or hexagonal boxes. They are often delicately engraved with symbolic scenes about love and marriage, sometimes accompanied by a proverb or motto. Friesland is a province of the Netherlands located in the northern part of the country. Condition: Very good condition with no damage. The hinge and catch both work well. Waxantiques is an accredited member of LAPADA, the Association of Art & Antiques Dealers, and CINOA, the International Confederation of Art Dealers. All members have to meet stringent requirements as to experience, quality of stock and knowledge of their subject.
Please make all cheques payable to "waxantiques". Posting days are Wednesday and Friday. North America, Australia and Japan: FREE. Rest of the world: Price on request.The item "Antique Dutch Silver Marriage Casket Circa 1660 Stock ID 6750" is in sale since Tuesday, July 23, 2019. This item is in the category "Antiques\Silver\Solid Silver\Boxes". The seller is "waxantiques" and is located in London. This item can be shipped worldwide.