Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1830. Pine. Joinery by a single DOVETAIL on each corner, the base wooden pegged to the sides. Hand-planed from thin, straight-grained pine stock. Flower paint decoration with typical early Pennsylvania hues of bittersweet, mustard, and green on a black ground. Paint is dry and excellent. Dimensions: About 6 inches long x 5 wide, and just 3/4 inch thick. Inscribed under lid 'ST' in period font, with the 'S' backwards, which usually was indicative of a carver with limited literacy. Also in graphite: 5 dollars and forthy three cents, perhaps a clue as to what this box held. Provenance: The renowned collection of NYC dealer/collector John Gordon.
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