Antique English 17th Century Solid Oak Bible / Writing Box / Trunk / Chest (Circa 1680 - 1700)


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Object Description

This is a fine quality antique English late 17th century solid oak bible box, boasting lovely colour and patination, with original carvings, circa 1680 – 1700, in good condition.

• Item: Bible Box
• Circa: 1680 – 1700
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Solid oak
• 2ft ⅞” wide
• Small proportions
• Moulded top
• Working lock & iron plate & clasp (with key)
• Original iron strap hinges
• Floral carved front
• Moulded frieze
• Original plinth base
• Original colour & patination
• Good original condition
• Free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns

This is a fine quality antique English late 17th century solid oak bible box, boasting lovely colour and patination, with original carvings, circa 1680 – 1700, in good condition. The box features a moulded two plank top, which is secured with what we believe to be the original iron strap hinges. The underside of the box features two later oak guide bars, to secure the lid in place when closed. The box incorporates an iron plate and locking clasp, with a later working lock and key. The front of the box is profusely carved with fine quality original circular floral carvings. Inside, the interior is clean, dry and practical and usable. The interior also retains its original floorboards and backboards. The box sits on a moulded plinth base. The back of the box retains its original panels along with the original floor. Overall, this trunk boasts a lovely rich original colour and patination.

This item would look great in a variety of rooms from the hallway, to the office or bedroom, for storing valuable small items, such as jewellery. Asides from use a bible box, it could be used as a small TV stand, small coffee table, ottoman, blanket box etc.

As it boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

Height = 23.7cm or 9⅜”
Width = 63cm or 24⅞” or 2ft ⅞”
Depth = 46.3cm or 18¼” or 1ft 6¼”

The price for this item is £475 which includes free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland* and free 14-day returns. Please note, the book inside the box is for illustration purposes only and is not included in the sale.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

The bible box is in good condition. Nominal old use marks to the top (cup marks), external sides and leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item (see photos). The carvings on the front of the box are original. The interior is clean, dry, and usable. We believe the iron strap hinges to be original. The box retains its original lid, floor, sides and back. Later guide bars added to the underside of the lid, to secure the lid in position when closed. The box incorporates an iron plate and locking clasp, with a later working lock and key. The box boasts its original colour and patination to the exterior. The box is solid in joint; it does not wobble on the floor and is ready to use.

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