The illustration of the catalogue is accurate. There are the inevitable dents, marks and scratches due to age and use. There are some important old woodworm traces to both caskets.
Casket 1: The casket was previously a commode chair, but the seat is missing, as well as the lid of the inside compartment. There are some old woodworm traces. There is a hole to the bottom of the casket, not visible from the outside, in the right hand side back corner (approx 8 by 5 cm). There is no paper inlaid inside the casket. There are some constructions cracks, especially to the top. The paper covering the caskets is worn and missing at some places, and very dirty. The hinges are later.
Casket 2: The casket is a commode chair. There are some important woodworm traces. The paper inlaid inside the casket is worn, torn, and missing at some places, with stains. The paper covering the caskets is worn and missing at some places, and very dirty. The hinges are later.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."