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OUTSTANDING Tiger Maple Nautical Box
New England, ca. mid 19th century. Robustly fashioned throughout from highly figured tiger maple (pine bottom). Original shellac surface. Possibly used by a ship captain, the black escutcheon may be fashioned from whale baleen, while star-shaped supports that hold an interior oval looking glass are mother-of-pearl. Top opens to a lidded interior, with wells in the back to hold ink pots, sander, and sealing wax. Interior lid forms a sloped writing surface, which then opens to reveal wide storage for quill pens, envelopes, and papers. Condition is superb. Structurally uncompromised condition, including original brass hinges. Interior looking glass highly desilvered (salt air?). Several spots of smoothed surface, possibly resulting from alcoholic beverage drops. Approximate dimensions of 16 inches x 10 x 5 3/5. An interior envelope is labled Michael J. Baumann, American Antiques, 9 Center Street, Newburyport, Massachusetts, 01950. From a 30+ year private collection.
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