Inlaid Special Forces 18th century replica Cave' a Liqueur

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Project by MacConmara posted 09-29-2016 11:41 AM 1283 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a replica of an 18th century Cave’ a Liqueur or liqueur box. It is similar to designs found from this period which would have accompanied ranking officers on their campaigns. It is crafted from solid walnut and all edges are covered in inlaid brass angles using an old “screw rivet” technique. The top is Madrone veneer marquetry inlaid with the Special Forces regimental crest hand cut in sheet silver and ebony veneer. The edging is inlaid with banding reminiscent of the Broze Star Medal. A solid brass lock is mortised in the front piece. Brass quadrant hinges and inset brass handles complete the hardware. Inside a green flocked interior protects an Italian cut crystal decanter and 12 cut crystal liqueur glasses, one for each man on an SF “A-Team”. Under the flocked interior is a secret compartment designed to hold a full-sized semi-automatic pistol.
Sold for $2,000 at auction last September.

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#1 posted 09-29-2016 12:21 PM

Beautiful and incredible workmanship….

Hope to see more of this workmanship

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#2 posted 09-29-2016 10:21 PM

I agree—an amazing looking liqueur box! I can see it sitting in a walnut-paneled study, with a fire in the fireplace, and a couple of guys sitting by the fire enjoying a fine brandy or whisky!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#3 posted 09-29-2016 10:47 PM

That was sort of the idea initially. I had seen and studied many of these napoleanic era boxes while in France. Really getting into campaign furniture also.

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#4 posted 10-01-2016 05:43 PM

Very nice inlayed work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 10-01-2016 06:58 PM

Thanks! First time doing marquetry; and I had to chose silver as one of the layers. Well, it forced me to learn!

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