New England, likely Maine. Dated 1822 underbase. Softwood that appears to be bass or poplar. Untouched original surface with confident wispy black decorative lines, plus green and mustard stripes, on a rich red ground. DOVETAILED case. Retains original brass pull, hinges, and lockset. Early wallpaper lining. Original over-varnish is tightly crackled, and darker on the lid than the sides from air-borne particles from the hearth landing on horizontal surfaces. Just 8 inches wide, much smaller than most boxes of this form. Strong structural condition with expected period wear... A terrific example of the decorative arts of the American Fancy period likely decorated by a skilled, professional painter of the period.
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