This 1800's pantry box considered utilitarian treenware, was a very important staple to the early settlers. Critters in the pantry were a troublesome matter to colonial women. Dry goods like flour, sugar, grain and the like had to be placed in covered food storage boxes to help protect them. These boxes were imported from Europe until American factories began producing them during the late18th century.
Some were varnished in plain wood, like this one, while others were painted in pleasing colors that actually brightened up a plain corner when stacked together. Pantry boxes were fashioned in graduated sizes. The largest held cheese or butter, the smallest contained pills or spices and the in ~ between sizes accommodated everything else. Each had a snug fitting lid. So interesting!
This pantry box boasts a light chestnut color and has a dry attic finish . Bentwood construction incorporated with round nails on the front with one straggler nail on the left adds character and charm. Simple in form with a nice lapped over design which served a purpose and was considered a main ~ stay in the19th Century Buttery.
There is a small piece of wood missing toward the bottom edge of the box near the front, as can be seen in image 3. A 2" area again, near the bottom edge, over to the left has a split in the wood and was glued to secure it. See image 5. The top of the lid reveals small indentations that almost look like chop marks but are not very deep. As a matter of fact this area is smooth to the touch and your fingernail barely catches these indentations.
The bottom of the box has a hairline crack, all the way across, visible from the outside only and was repaired at some point. There are also indications that the round part of the box was glued to the bottom as can be seen in image 6. The shiny edge where the two pieces meet (as pictured) is actually glue and continues around the circumference of the inside edge.
The lid is slightly warped but still sits securely on the box. There is a little lapped over design that was cut at a 45 degree angle shown on the inside rim. A couple little indentations can be seen on the underside of the lid but nothing too obtrusive. See image 9.
It appears someone used this box to house spices or potpourri as the scent when you open the box is "prairie perfect"! Even with some of the conditions listed above this piece still shows well. Great smaller size and looks fabulous stacked with the large and medium boxes I am also offering. These wonderful pantry boxes never seem to loose their character or charm and are ever so popular in our kitchens, even today! Enjoy!
Measures 6 1/2" across, 2 3/4" Tall & 6 1/4" across the bottom.
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