An especially high quality mid-nineteenth century figured mahogany outer case. Boxes of this pattern were designed to transport marine chronometers and be secured in a safe place aboard ship when it sea. Since the ship's survival depended on the proper functioning of her chronometers every effort was made to keep these instrument safe. When antique chronometers were retired and
became collector's pieces most of their outer cases were lost making fine original examples quite scarce.
This case is constructed of heavy top quality Honduras mahogany with very attractive grain. The fittings are brass, the case retains its original padded baize lining, and heavy leather carrying strap.
The case is in fine condition with nearly all its old/original varniush finish. There is a 1/16" wide age/shrinkage crack across the top which retains 50% of an old repair/fill. The heavy leather carrying strap has its original iron buckle and is in good supple condition and would benefit from some leather oil.
This high grade period case would be a fine piece for the collector wanting to display a top quality chronometer as it would have been housed aboard ship.
Dimensions: box exterior 9 1/2" x 9 3/4" x 9 1/4" high;
Interior aprox. 7 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 8" high.