Signed Hingham, Massachusetts Gift Box

Hingham, MA, ca 1820-1830. In original red paint with original thin over-varnish with pine top and bottom and maple side wall with opposing fingers. Beautifully, professionally inscribed in mustard paint (and possibly bronze powder) "Hannah Kelley", the receiver of this gift box. And near the bottom a delightful feature I have not seen painted on the outside of a box, the signature “WYTHB”, followed by “pinx” (Latin for "painted by"). Intaglio stamped under the base by the box maker “E. Burr”, for Elisha Burr (1776-1863). Burr was a cooper from the famous makers in Hingham, operating a small, handcraft shop on Leavitt Street as did his father. I don’t recall ever offering a painted box in which we know all of: where it was made; for whom it was painted; and who the box maker and artist were, making this piece not only a superb collection piece but also historically significant. With all of this information to start with research would likely reveal more about Hannah and the artist. . Joinery by cut nails. Condition is excellent. About 6 3/4 inches long x 5 wide x 2 5/8 tall. See Derin Bray: BUCKET TOWN, Woodenware and Wooden Toys of Hingham, Massachusetts for reference

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