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The ART and DESIGN of the Historic Wood Carver. Antique Masterwork Nautical Love Token Box.
Northeast America, ca. 1840. Displaying the PRECISION, PASSION, AND VISION OF A MASTER CARVER. Designed as a useful love token for a sweetheart or close friend. Hand-carved in high-relief from a single block of choice, richly-figured ash burl, featuring anthropomorphic anchors and touching hearts that wrap around the covex lid. Note the sensitive subtle tapering of the anchor "arms". A foundation of American design not obtainable in any modern "decor store", destined to be gifted again by one also of strong eye and appreciation for the exceptional. The anchors suggest this box may have been made aboard a ship (sailor made), or for one with ties to boating and water. Of superior color and appealing soft original surface. Remarkable condition. Robust in hand. About 9 1/2 inches long x 4 1/2 high x 5 3/4 deep. Provenance upon request.
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