Delightfully romantic, this folk art box was made for Nellie by Edward. With a mother of pearl keyhole and bone letters and crosses, it may well have been made on a ship during the great whaling era in New England. This is a spectacular box made from many inlaid strips of wood: rosewood, cherry, and mahogany and beech. On the top there are the initials "E N", each inset in a heart that touches the other. On the sides there are 2 names finely crafted and carefully inlaid:Nellie and Edward. Numerous crosses, stars, moons and flowers and clovers bejewel the whimsical box. Further, Edward added a checkerboard border to the top of the box and a scalloped frame to each side of the box. The lift out tray inside is beautifully covered in velvet squares in a harlequin pattern, perhaps Nellie's contribution to this folk art. The key has remained with the box. The box measures 8 inches long, 4 1/2 inches tall, and 5 1/4 inches deep. The condition is poor. There are innumerable small pieces of inlay missing, and the bottom plank is gone. Many sailor-made items do not handle the ravages of time very well. This item is a clear example. Because of the condition, this box is offered at a greatly reduced price for such a delightful, sweet expression of a gentleman's affections. The time to buy a wonderful piece like this is when you see it. Once it is gone you will not get the opportunity again. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. Shipping for this item will be $15.
Item ID: 12-10-0012
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