TWO EARLY LIDDED BOXES

TOP: RICHLY PATINATED MAPLE
INCISED-FINGERED OVAL BOX

New England, ca. early 19th century. The thick walls of maple, the top and bottom appear to be basswood. The maple walls joined by beautifully carved fingers held by forged nails. Hand-planed tool marks quite visible on the top. Exhibits a remarkable warm, deep, rich, undisturbed color. The desirability further elevated by incised decorative incised lines following the edges of the fingers. The smooth/hard maple makes this box "feel" like cabinet-made furniture. Superb condition. About 5 7/8 inches long x 5 wide x 3 1/2 tall. 

BOTTOM: FINGERED OVAL WITH ROSE HEAD NAILS.  New England, ca. late 18th/early 19th century. Appears to be ash side-wall with pine top and bottom. Lid finished with an extended finger, both the lid and the base joined with rose head nails. Excellent structural condition. Appears to have an old waxed surface with an orange hue. About 10 ¼ inches long x 8 ¼ wide x 3 high. 

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