Arts and Crafts Brass and Copper Coal Box
with blue pottery ruskin cabochons
Stunning example of a fine antique coal scuttle dating from the early 20th century during the time of the Arts and Crafts movement. The coal box is made of brass with beautiful riveted copper detailing along the hinges and sides and also moulded into four raised copper feet . On the top of the box there is a dark blue ruskin cabochon set in a copper plaque. There is another larger lighter blue cabochon on the front of the box set in a round copper plaque. There are two round steel handles on the sides of the box. It has retained its original liner.
It is so typical of the Arts and Crafts period and the design work really is stunning. It is in good condition for its age and although it has clearly been well used it has certainly been well cared for. At some point in its life the hinges on the lid have been repaired. It looks as though the copper tore and another piece has been applied. It is a very good repair in keeping with the box and I've photographed it hoping this will sufficiently explain it. The lid of the box does not sit completely square on the box, it is ever so slightly off to one side but, again, have a look at the photos. There are various dents, dinks and general wear and tear around the box and on the lid but nothing major. There's nothing in my opinion that detracts from its overall appeal and it displays beautifully. It is not, however, a new item so please do not buy it expecting it to be new! It has picked up the signs of wear and tear purely through age and use and this in my opinion adds to its authenticity and overall look.
Approximate Measurements :
Height : 11"
Length : 18 1/2"
Depth : 12"
It is a very usable item and it would certainly be a beautiful statement piece in any period home. The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.