New England, possibly New Hampshire, ca. 1820-1837. White pine. DOVETAILED case with base and dome attached via early cut nails. Sensational paint decoration combining bright bittersweet, mustard, forest green, and olive swirls on a tiny dometop box. There is an early ink inscription underneath (that is hard to interpret) yet it appears that a paper note attached under the lid translates that inscription as referring to who owned the box in 1837. There is also a later inscription inside that describes who made the box (a relative of the 1837 owners), and that he died in a Civil War prison. Very good condition with minor loss at the lower right of the back as shown, and early in-use butt hinges that updated the first simple wires. Retains original lock. The box demands to be picked up, and has the feel of having been held often with soft corners and edges. A sensational little box having not been on the market in many years. Just 6 3/4 inches wide x 3 7/8 deep x 3 3/4 tall.
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