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Soulful Untouched Little Painted Treasure of Rare Form.....SOLD
New England, likely New Hampshire, ca. late 18th century. Pine in thin, very dry, original red. Of a form I have never encountered that exhibits a lid DOVETAILED to its sides. Incorporates a pinned "pintle" hinge, with the pins standing proud. The box corners also crisply dovetailed. The base attached to the box sides via wooden pins. The lid stays open on its own, revealing a later partial paper label of "Madder dye", made from the madder root, of a red color that could be the source of the pigment for this box. The front rail of the lid smoothly burnished from frequent opening. Structurally excellent condition. About 4 ½ inches wide x 3 tall x 3 3/8 deep.
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