This listing is for a cute mid-19th Century American Shaker small oval pantry box. The top and bottom of the box are constructed of hand planed pine with the sides being made of very thin maple or birch wood. The thin wood for the sides has been shaped into a nice oval shape with the over lapping end having one finger that is held in place by iron tacks. The lid fits over the top of the box with the outside band having one finger for a total of two fingers on this sweet little box. This nice Shaker pantry box is from the collection of long-time primitive collectors Bob and Dianne Ruggiero of Fines Creek NC. Due to health reasons, Bob has decided to part with some of his great collection as he and Dianne have down-sized and moved to Florida. A New England carved Pilgrim chest from his collection recently sold at a NC auction gallery for $140,000.00.
We purchased several items from his personal collection and will be listing them in our Store so please check out our other great items.
Dimensions: 5" long, 3 1/2" wide and 1 3/4" deep. Box weighs 1.7 ounces.
Condition: This nice little box is in very good to excellent Estate condition with the only noted flaw being a small crack in the wood on the lid near the outside edge (see photos). The tip of the finger on the base of the box has actually been made with the tip of the finger cut in the shape you see. It did not have a thin tip on the end as most boxes. The end of the finger is slightly beveled and there is no sign of an additional tack which would be necessary if the finger had been shaped differently. There are also three primitively hand carved initials on the top of the box "F H W" with the initials each being a different size and roughly engraved.
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