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Small Paint Decorated Document Box
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.
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