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This fine early box is made out of tiger maple. The back board also appears to be maple, but not tigered. The bottom appears to be poplar. It is constructed with early square nails and has a hook closure and snipe or wire hinges. It also boast a period bail handle. The name of the owner appears on the front of the box and says "A. S. Perry". This box could have been used as either a lunch box or document box. The tiger maple has strong graining. A lovely and early primitive box! Measuring 11-1/2" wide by 4-3/4" deep by 5" tall.
Ca 1840 to 1860.