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18th Century Paint Decorated Box


It's amazing that this little box has survived! If it's about surface then this one has it all! Made of Pine, the little box with a drawer is/was once green but has oxidized to almost black.  The lid is painted Red, also oxidized to an almost burgundy color. Early T-nail construction.


The box once had leather hinges which have long since gone away but there remains the remnants of the hinges on the box itself and they are fastened with early hand cut nails.  It's primitive, yet sophisticated in design. The painted decoration of the Tree with a Bird and a Squirrel holding a nut is probably not original to the piece when it was made, but it has been there a long, long time as the oxidation on the surface goes through the decoration in a number of places. It was perhaps intended for use on a tabletop, chest, shelf, or desk but at some point an owner put a hole in the back so the box could be hung from a nail.  The box and drawer are very clean inside attesting to the care that was taken of it. Width 10-1/4, Depth 7, Height 6-1/2 inches.

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