A pretty dovetailed box made for displaying Choice Flower Seed packets in a general store. Seed boxes were popular in the late 1800's and on into the early 20th century. This one is made of cherry and maple making it rather unusual as most seed boxes are oak.
The colorful paper label on the inside of the lid shows 3 children riding on the back of a horse. D. M. Ferry of Detroit, Michigan supplied the seeds offered for sale. The label has some wrinkles and cracks and it appears to have another label underneath it. The finish on the wood is original, so it does have some wear. The brass latch on the lid is intact other than it is missing the tip on the upper section.
The box is 12 inches long, 7 inches deep and 3 3/4 inches tall. There is a faint handwritten date in pencil on the bottom. It appears to us to be Feb. 3 1896 but the writing is very difficult to make out.
Vintage Choice Flower Seeds Display Box