Paint Decorated Carrier/Cutlery
Northeast, probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1820-1840.
A rare and superior example, the carrying handle with pierced heart centered by scrolled returns. The decoration emulates painted tinware designs of the period; likely painted by a skilled tinware artist. Vibrant fruit and vine against a faux grain painted ground. The large heart suggests this carrier was created and gifted as a token of affection.
Dovetailed joinery. About 12 ½ inches wide x 5 3/4 tall x 8 deep. Fine structural condition and expected paint wear.
Provenance includes the historically important life long collection of El Roy & Helene Master, Berks County, PA.