Look what I recently found at market! This candle box is just a fabulous piece boasting square nail construction (Image 6), with rich chocolate brown patina sprinkled with nutmeg hues! See image 1 as this is the true color as shown.
Do you know why candle boxes were an essential part of the homestead? Early candles were made from animal fat and tallow. Little animals could not resist this fat ingredient and would therefore eat them. It became a troublesome matter so at some time along the way a candle box was devised to protect the candles. So interesting!
The surface is smooth to the touch with areas that have small indentations that are present on the top edge of the box. The lid has a whisper of a dome top shape in the middle and the indented finger pull beautifully darkened with age was hand done. See image 15. This piece is heavy and constructed with durability in mind!
There is a small drop of light grey paint on the upper edge of the right side but is not very noticeable. See image 8. No chips, cracks or musty odors are present. On the underside of the sliding lid there is a small area that has discolored through the years. See image 14. There is also an area on the top back side of the lid that is just a wee bit darker than the rest of the color throughout. Really adds to the character and does not detract. Lastly, there is a small fine green line running vertically over the square nails on the right side as shown in image 7.
Overall in wonderful condition considering it's 1800's origin. What a great addition to any primitive home that promises to bring history and charm with it!
Special Note: A special thank you to my special friend who brought over her wonderful pieces that include an early Brewster Chair and a coverlet to help stage this candle box in the proper setting. She even picked fresh flowers from her garden to place in her Rockingham pitcher that accents her candle stand! Enjoy!
Measurements are 12 1/4" Long, 4 3/4" Tall & 6 " Deep. The slide top lid is recessed about 1/2" from the top candle box edge.
~Freight (Standard Mail) included, however Insurance is optional and can be purchased @ checkout ~ within the continental U.S.