A mulberry wood writing standish (stand or case for pen and ink). With felt lining. A note with the box reads 'This small standish carved from SHAKESPEAR'S (sic) Mulberry Tree is humbly presented to Geo. Garrick Esq by Thomas Sharp of Stratford upon Avon 1769'. George Garrick was the brother of famous Shakespearean actor David Garrick. The mulberry wood comes from the tree that stood in the garden of #ShakespearesNewPlace until the 1760s when it was chopped down by order of the owner of the house, Rev. Francis Gastrell.
Many of these 'Shakespeare' mulberry wood items were given as presents or souvenirs in the 1700s, far too many to have all come from the original tree!
This standish can be view in our online catalogue along with many more mulberry wood snuff boxes, tankards, goblets, chests, and even a pastry cutter! http://bit.ly/2EJ0RSM
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