Lignum Vitae cylindrical box, 19th century

$320.00 AUD

Lignum Vitae cylindrical box, the dense black wood with turned rings to the top & base of the straight sides, the lid with concentric circles. 19th century


minor blemishes, very airtight


11cm high, 8cm wide


"Lignum vitae" is Latin for "wood of life", and derives its name from its medicinal uses; lignum vitae resin has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions from coughs to arthritis, and chips of the wood can also be used to brew a tea. The wood is from trees of the genus Guaiacum, indigenous to the Caribbean and the northern coast of South America and have been an important export crop to Europe since the beginning of the 16th century. The wood was once very important for applications requiring a material with its extraordinary combination of strength, toughness, and density.

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