A fine Charles II 17th century lignum vitae wassail bowl, having a thin rim. It has four bands of reeded lines within a central concave moulded section and raised on a short stem. The spreading base has turned decoration with a shallow stepped and rounded foot. The interior has historic cracks to the base, one of which protrudes to the underside of the bowl, but when sitting on a table is not noticeable unless inspected. These shrinkage cracks are quite common with wassail bowls, as made from a single piece of lignum vitae and they are subjected to hot alcoholic beverages. It has an exceptionally good rich colour with an excellent patination.