This lovely document box was covered in canvas and lends an exciting rusty red enamel paint bordered by black accent trims. Of course, the studded appearance further enhances the beauty especially on the top sporting an elongated triangle design element that is surely a nice focal point. Surprise……this piece even possesses the old key. However it does not turn the locking mechanism but at least it is there!
This box fashioned from pine dates to the mid-19th century and was used to store valuables such as documents inside. The surface blesses us with an alligator appearance that only time can lend and does show signs of appropriate wear relating to loss near the top edges and back hinges, dark and light spots as shown as well as paper loss on the inside and bottom areas. The leather hinges are original and do match the interior hinge which gives us an indication of what the hinge would have looked like originally.
The inside was covered with paper that mimics blue ticking as an alternative to using the more traditional newspaper lining. The lid opens freely and does stay in an upward position. The studs are brass and the circular metal feet lending a brass finish were added at a later date. The handle has a split in the middle and only soft cardboard remains.
This piece displays nicely and is of the smaller variety if space is at a premium. A companion inkwell with a glorious feather would be most fitting placed on top of the box with possibly an old deed set nearby on a desk. Don’t forget about holiday decorating too as this box boasting delightful red paint accented with greens and a couple of putz sheep gracing the top would certainly capture the holiday spirit in your home! Enjoy!
Box measures almost 10” across, stands 4 ¾” tall and measures 6 ½” deep.
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