This Christening Box is a faithful reproduction of those found in many maritime museums, private collections, and other fine institutions.
Historically, the Christening Box, or as it is more commonly known, the Presentation Box, was used to house the bottle of wine or champagne that was used in the ship christening-launching ceremony.
After the ship slid down the ways, a box such as this would be presented to the sponsor of the craft. The box would contain the broken bottle of spirits, ribbons and other keepsakes. Tradition also has it that boxes with wine or champagne intact would also be presented to other members integral in the ships launching.
Christening / Keeping Box
Commemorate a special occasion and learn new woodworking skills! This beautiful mahogany box will become a family treasure. In this class you will learn dovetail joints, how to set brass hinges and you will install a brass mortise lock. You will also carve and shape the edge profile on the top of the box as well as making and inlaying the triangular ivory escutcheon. The interior of the box has a removable cradle that you will make to display your favorite "christening fluid". A personally engraved ivory quarterboard is available for the top of your box, or you can scrim your own.
Length 14-1/4”; width 7”; height 5-1/4”.