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MINIATURE Paint Decorated Lift-Top Blanket Chest.....SALE PENDING
New England. ca. 1820-1840. Pine, with waist molding above a beautifully shaped carved-apron on all four sides supported by tall feet. (Having the waist molding on such a diminutive piece is an unexpected detail and speaks to the eye and skill of the maker). Molded lid resting flush on the side walls. A most appealing color combination of warm green-ground paint highlighted with yellow lining. Retains tightly crackled thin over-varnish, and original brass hinges. Inscription under the lid reads, in part: “Made by uncle Raynor ________ when I was _____ old”. Excellent condition for such a delicate little box with just minor glued cracks on the front left foot. Note the TINY SIZE OF JUST 5 3/8 inches wide x 3 3/4 tall x 2 3/4 deep. May fit on a candlestand or shelf or mantel, or could also top a stack of graduated painted boxes.
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