For the Catholic Church, the rite of dedication is described in the Caeremoniale Episcoporum, chapters IX-X, and in the Roman Missal's Ritual Masses for the Dedication of a Church and an Altar.
In the Church of England, a consecrated church may only be closed for worship after a legal process (a "pastoral scheme").
The Feast of Dedication is also mentioned in John where it mentions Jesus being at the Jerusalem Temple during "the Feast of Dedication" and further notes "and it was winter." The Greek term used in John is "the renewals" (Greek ta engkainia τὰ ἐγκαίνια).
Carved wooden objects on the other hand were less desired by the wealthy in England, and therefore the finest carved objects originated from France, Italy and other Western European states.
Such a variety of woods were used that in some cases it is hard to verify the type, and designs were used for generations, so dating is more of an art than a science.
It is now illegal in most countries to sell commercial silver without the appropriate hallmarks.
To the untrained eye, the hallmarks look like nothing more than artistic enhancements. The trained silver trader can instantly tell the value of a piece simply by observing its hallmarks.
A suitable timber for its purpose was always used and nowadays through many years of use a good colour and patination is most desired.
In the 17th century in England the turner most probably had no equal, and the wealthy of those days had their vessels made from imported woods such as lignum vitae.Period Oak Antiques provides a range of distinct antique carvings, each with its own distinct quality and finesse.The collection of early oak antiques includes different pieces such as hammer beams, candle stands, carved oak panels, sculpted figures, mortars, gothic sculpture, English medieval sculpture, brass alms dishes and a lot more.Here we are offering a beautiful pair of Bisque figurines 13 inches tall. Pair of fine Dresden dishes or shallow bowls that are hand painted and gilded with floral sprays. This is a beautiful encrusted antique large porcelain egg on cabriole legs, about 9inches tall. This is a Victorian figurine of a lady on her horse.As you can see the detail is excellent so these are a superior bisque,either French or German in origin and both made in the last quarter of the Victorian era.,c1880. Of a good size and in good conditon,measuring 10.5inches across. A very nice and complete coffee set,with 6 cups and saucers,milk jug,covered sugar bowl with lid and coffee pot. The gilding excellent,and the quality superb...£80 complete. There is no backstamp but it would have been made by the aforementioned. As you can see it is encrusted with flowers and leaves. I believe the lady is one of the characters in Welsh History called "The Ladies of Llangollen".We always try to stock a variety of 16th and 17th century carved wooden panels with dragon and horse designs that can be used in different ways for interior decoration.