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 Tiny 18th C. Pantry Box

This very tiny pantry box was probably used as a string or silk dispenser, perhaps for embroidering.  It boast marvelous carved lapped fingers that are secured with early nails and tiny wood pins.  The lid is carved with a date of 1798 and also the initials V and W over an R and M with a chip-carved row in between.  There is a hole that is both in the lid and the body of the pantry for string or silk.  This very sweet little pantry measures just 3" in diameter and is 1 1/2" tall.  A terrific early piece!

Ex:  Roger Bacon, with his inventory sticker.