The lid and front are decorated with a wide figured maple line. This shows the way the line on the lid meets the simpler black and white lines at the sides and back and the boxwood that protects all the edges.
As with most of my larger cases this is fitted with high quality quadrant hinges.
This case has five oak drawers.
I have done many other cufflink boxes, but none the size of this or for as many pairs. Each of the five drawers is divided into 48 compartments thus catering for ... 240 pairs in all. And then there’s plenty more space in the main box compartment above ...
The spring loaded drawers are opened by lifting small turned ebony finials situated along the back edge of the interior.
This was a difficult veneer to work with, but the gorgeous colour [similar to burr oak] and figure made it well worth the effort. Here you can see the wonderful shape created by bookmatching the spalted figuring just around the figured maple escutcheon.The bookmatch here, and on the lid, is a ‘perfect’ bookmatch. That means that they were each formed from two consecutive leaves from the same bundle, knife cut so no material has been removed between, and opened up. You can only do this with a pair of leaves, there is no such thing as a perfect four way book match as the figure will always have shifted.
Here is the spalted figure on the lid, showing again the ‘perfect’ bookmatch.