Item - Antique Stinkwood Wooden Casket Box produced by Charles Thesen of Knysna, South Africa, Circa 1910.
Charles Wilhelm Thesen (1856-1940) was a Norwegian born timber merchant and Ship builder/owner who set up a business in Knysna after leaving his native Norway due the German-Danish War (1864-67) and a downturn in trade. He soon acquired Paarden Island in the Knysna Lagoon, on which he built a sawmill and shipyard.
The island was later renamed Thesen Island, after him and his family.
The white star on a red pennant was the company logo as seen inset into the inside of the hinged lid. (Please see all Photos)
Maker - The Thesen Company of Knysna
Marks - Makers plaque inset into the inside of the lid (please see photos)
Circa - 1910
Construction - Stinkwood
Country of Origin - Africa
Dimensions - 8.5" by 4.5" (3" in height)
Weight - 553 gram
Condition - Excellent Used Condition (please see all photos)
Other Interesting Points - Stinkwood, Ocotea Bullata, is a species of flowering tree native to South Africa. It produces very fine and valuable timber which was much sought after in the 19th & 20th centuries to make furniture of quality. Due to over-exploitation, stinkwood is now a protected species. Its name comes from the strong smell released when it is freshly felled.
(Please see all Photos).
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