This pretty handcarved small wooden box actually dates from 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence and might even be made to celebrate it. Looked at the design and material that was used it might have been made by a sailor using the material that was at hand: small pieces of irregular shaped wood and metal thread to form the closure and hinges.
On the lid two mermaids blow shell-shaped horns. Between them there's a kind of tree-like monogram in Celtic style with a crown above it and the year 1776 underneath it. Two seagulls accompany the mermaids. On the front and back there are floral decorations and on both sides seagulls. Originally it was lined with green paper, later on the box was lined with linen and decoration paper in the lid. The inside is stained. On the inside on the lid someone added the date 13-4-45, which was in the last days of the second World War.
The box is damaged on the corners, but is in reasonable condition for its age. The lid seems to be upside down, with the bottom of the picture not facing the front, but backside of the box, but perhaps the maker had a reason to do so.
Dimensions: 7.2" x 3.7" x 3" (18,5 x 9,5 x 8 cm)
A special box with still some secrets to discover. Anyone who knows more of the monogram on the box is welcome to enlighten me!
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Hand carved box wooden from 1776