This is a 19thC Primitive New England Wooden Oval Pantry Box Soda Lapped Fingers Natural Patina Provenance on Bottom. The provenance is written on the base bottom: “SODA/ Made by Phineas (Curtis)/ For Susan Ann Moore Curtis/ Given To/ Ella Almara Warner Curtis.” A little searching on Family Search produced a Phineas Curtis born 1810 Massachusetts (later in life lived in Troy NY) and was married to a Susan Curtis. The box may have come out of my area in Western Massachusetts. Troy NY is close to the Massachusetts border. The surface of this pantry box has a nice smooth feel to it from years of handling and use. The lapped fingers have penny nail construction while the rest of the box has shoe peg construction. The box never was painted and has natural patina to the wood. The condition is good with no splits or cracks with only a little lift piece to the wood on the lid at the same spot as a shoe peg (which is common as the wood ages). There is some uneven-ness to the base patina due in part to the contents the box once held. The base bottom has provenance but also the word SODA indicating what was stored in it. The box measures 6 1/4 inch long, 4 5/8 inch wide and 2 1/2 inch tall.
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