Beebox in Crackly Bittersweet Paint
.....sale pending

Northeast, ca. 1820-1840. Original very dry, highly patinated and crackled bittersweet paint on softwood, retaining glass window.  Joinery by cut nails.  While this form is typically called a queen bee carrier, its more likely use would have been a bee hunting box. Pollen and honey were placed in the box as bait to attract and capture feral bees. Once released, the beekeeper would watch which way the bees flew as they always flew in a straight line back to their hive. (That's where the saying "make a beeline" came from.) The beekeeper would then locate the hive and take that swarm home. Tombstone-topped inner-sliding panel and glass-windowed (scratched) chamfered front panel. Overall height including tombstone top about 7 inches x 3 ½ wide x 3 1/8 deep. Private New England collection.

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