- Museum number
Beech wood trencher decorated on one side in gold and colours with central roundel with quotation from the Bible and another motto on encircling scrolls within border of flowers and leaves. Capitals and references of the inscriptions are rubricated.
- Production date
- 1558-1603 (?)
Diameter: 12.90 - 13 centimetres
- Curator's comments
This trencher is one of a set of eight, with their original box (registration no. 1888,1110.42.a), the lid of which is decorated with the arms of the Ironmonger's Company, with the initials 'CR.' on either side.
For the transcriptions of the two biblical nscriptions on each roundel see Franks 1888, pp. 206-8. One of 16 sets of trenchers described in this article of which six are now in BM, see 1888.1110.43, 1888,1110.45, 1888,1110.44, 1896,0807.8,1888,1110.46-52, as well as others not in the article, 1921,2-16.34,35, and 1895,0603.159 and 1893,1106.166. See also Proceedings of Ants III, 1846,pp.333-9 and Proceedings of Ants 1885, Feb 19th, pp. 207-17.
Other references: Archaeologia 3,1846,pp. 333-9
Archaeologia 34,1851,pp. 225-30
Proceedings of Society of Antiquaries 10, 2nd series, pp. 207-16
Church, AH, Some Minor Arts as Practised in England, 1894
Proceedings of Society of Antiquaries, 2nd series, 28, 1915-6, pp. 78-85
Catalogue of the Drane COllection Sotheby's 30 June 1916
Burlington Magazine 31,1917,pp. 234-40
Gentleman's Magazine 1827, pp. 501-4 and letter on p. 592
O.Evans- THomas, Domestic Utensils of Wood 1932, pp. 63-7
F.H.Pinto, Treen and other wooden bygones, 1969, pp. 79-81
Elizabeth I, edStarkey, ex.cat. Greenwich 2003
There seems to have been something of a craze for these objects from the 1790s and into the mid 19th Century.
- Not on display
- Associated titles
Inscription from: Bible
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number