tool functions also as a small storage compartment. Storage area is accessed by simply lifting the top, which is held on by hinges on one side and a hasp on the other.
Carving on the right depicts the panther of Styria. This heraldic beast is a central European, 11th century concept of a panther, with short horns, the head of a horse, the mane of a lion, and a multi-tipped tail. Styria* is a province in southeast Austria, its capitol is Graz where is found the largest armory surviving from the late Renaissance-Baroque period. Carving on the left features the two colors of Austria: red and white.
Wood for the top and legs is white oak over an inch thick. Wood used on the other two sides is red oak; wood for the inset carvings is poplar. Oak has been mildly distressed and stained; finish is varnish.