An Irish arbutus wood games board/box, Killarney, circa 1845-1880,
Lot 169
An Irish arbutus wood games board/box, Killarney, circa 1845-1880,
£500 - 700
US$ 850 - 1,200
Lot Details
An Irish arbutus wood games board/box,
Killarney, circa 1845-1880,
the exterior for chess, the interior for backgammon, inlaid with decorative shamrock borders,
51cm wide.

Footnotes

  • The town of Killarney became associated with the manufacture of souvenir ware- this flourished between 1845-1880. The use of bog oak, holly, yew and sycamore was common, but the dark heartwood and light sap wood of the "arbutus undeo" is more typically associated with Killarney. This shrub, more commonly known as the "strawberry tree", originated in the Mediterranean, but flourished in the damp, mild climate of the Killarney region.
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