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Sophisticated Tombstone-Shape Meetinghouse Message Box (possibly Watch Hutch) with Notable Provenance.....SOLD
New England, ca. last quarter 18th century. White pine in original very dry black paint (some evidence indicating it originally may having been green, oxidizing to the darker color). Involved design with exceptional execution, like a little piece of furniture by a skilled maker. Joinery by a mix of rosehead and unheaded cut nails. Although generically this form is assigned use as a watch hutch, I have seen another box with large glass door of the same period that was known to have been used to post messages in an 18th century New England meeting house. Retains a carved peg on the back wall to for note or watch. Remarkable condition retaining original glass, worn-turn buckle, brass hinges, and uncompromised construction. Back board split at the hole for the peg, and what appears to be a bit of random red paint on the left side stile. Hangs from a hole in the backboard that does not penetrate to the front. Other than the split in the backboard, essentially pristine. Impressive size of about 15 3/4 inches tall x 9 wide x 1 3/4 deep. New England "Puritan simplicity" with "Shaker-like" craftsman’s mastery. Provence: Lillian Blankley Cogan, Farmington, CT; Private Ohio Collection; Steve Powers; Private Northeast Collection. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RES PHOTOS.
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