Richly Carved Spill Holder or Knife Box
New England, leaning toward Connecticut, 18th century, likely well before the American Revolution to as early as 1730/1740.
Original red paint on thick-walled white pine, joined with wrought nails. The front and sides deeply carved, the sloping-front with a geometric hex-symbol and hatchwork, the tombstone top with a six-pointed star, the sides with stars or snowflakes and more hatchwork. Similar in overall form to an uncarved example in the Pine Furniture of Early New England, figure 125, coincidentally the adjoining figure showing a New England spoon rack with geometric hex carvings. ¬¬ Fine condition with an ancient minor loss bottom front right and a bit of seasonal looseness from dry air. The edge under the very bottom has especially dark patina suggesting this box hung above the hearth for a long time, absorbing airborne sediments from the fire. About 13 inches tall x 5 ¼ wide. A great rarity! Very long time private collection.