It is always great to find early pieces like this that are "as made" and retain their original surface. This carrier measures 9" wide by 13 1/8" long and 6" tall at the center of the tote. The construction is unique in how the center divider is attached. A triangular section in the form of a wedge locates the top of each end in the side which is nailed in place. Please review the attached photos.
The body of the carrier is also nailed together with 18th Century hand wrought square nails. The bottom has shrunk about 1/4" which exposes the square shanks of the nails.
The condition is very good with no losses and no repairs. The bottom is loose due to the shrinkage noted above. The carrier retains its original red wash surface with the expected scuffs and rub marks consistent with its age.
It is rare to find 18th Century carriers like this in this kind of condition and with their original surface. The unique construction makes this a really wonderful find.