American, ca. 1850-1880. Note the tiny size at just 3 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 wide. Appears to be maple with original beautiful polychrome paint, one side in red, white, and black, the other with green clovers or trees (not stenciled). While most slates are 12+ inches tall for use by children in the classroom and written on with a slate “pencil”, given the very small size and attractive decoration I suspect this one may have been used for an application like pricing in a country store. Excellent condition. Paint is dry with strong patina. Demands attention despite its small size.
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