Paint Decorated Boxes
The Smaller: Probably New England, possibly Pennsylvania. ca. 1820. Appears to be basswood. Original paint decoration of ochre/bittersweet and mustard/yellow. Strong surface with much craquelure. The case is dovetailed, the hand-planed domed lid joined with cut nails. Very good condition with just a bit of roughness by an added nail on the lid; original hinges, lock, and internal nailed-on dust barrier. Appealing small size of just 12 inches long x 6 deep by 5 tall so that it can easily be placed on a fireplace mantel, candlestand, or shelf..
The Larger: Boldly Paint Decorated Dome Top Box New England, probably Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine, ca. 1820-1840. Original ochre paint decoration with sponge or rag on basswood and pine. One of the nicer examples one will find, very clean interior, terrific structural condition, original hinges, hasp, lock, and keeper, dust liner, dovetailed case. Superb paint coverage with very fine craquelure. About 18 inches long x 10 deep x 8 3/4 high. Attractive and very functional for storage. Private New England collection