Antique Monogrammed Sterling Silver Inlaid English Lawn Balls c.1900
A set of English lawn bowls made of Lignum Vitae Wood inlaid with sterling silver. Monogrammed "CH" on one side and "T" on the other side.
- CREATOR Unknown. Made in Scotland.
DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1900.
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Sterling Silver, Lignum Vitae Wood.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS Two Large: 4.5 in. x 4 in., Smaller Ball: 3.75 in. x 3.75 in.
Lignum Vitae is the densest and hardest wood known. The trees are indigenous to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America (e.g., Colombia and Venezuela) and have been an important export crop to Europe since the beginning of the 16th century. The self oiling wood was once very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness and density.