This wonderful dresser box with an inlaid patriotic theme has a design that consists of an American flag with an eagle on top of the flag pole along with a segmented wheel motif. The flag has 48 stars which dates the box between 1912 and 1959. Based its construction and the general look of the piece, it is probably World War II vintage. The box measures 8 3/8 inches long, 7 3/4 inches deep, and 4 inches high. It is very solid using ½ inch wood that has been surfaced on the outside with 1/8 inch mahogany veneer and then inlaid with a combination of maple, mahogany and crosscut plywood for a layering effect. The piece has been beautifully covered with several coats of varnish. The inside bottom and sides of the box are lined with red felt. The box has a lock, but the key is missing. However, we have found in the past that it is often possible to find old keys in antique malls and cut one to fit and operate the lock. The escutcheon on the lock appears to be a piece of heavy gauge aluminum. This type of art has often been made by sailors aboard ship as a means of killing time. We feel that this box is probably a piece of sailor art from WW II.
The condition of the box is excellent. It is very solid and beautifully made. There are the minor dings and dents that are acquired with time and there is some wear to the interior fabric. Other than that, it is in wonderful shape and ready to be proudly used and displayed. What a great piece to display on your dresser, or perhaps give to that special man in your life!
If you collect folk art or sailor art, then this is a piece that you do not want to miss. You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition in a timely fashion. Once we receive it then we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. International transactions must be completed using PayPal.