Casket

Silver and ebonised wood, made by Joseph Mayer of Liverpool, hallmarked at Chester, 1861-1862

The complex patterns on the casket have been cut out using a piercing saw. The thin saw blade has been inserted through a hole in the silver and then the hole enlarged to form a particular shape by sawing. The decorative openwork produced is called pierced work.

Given by Mr and Mrs W Rathbone 1993