Collectors of early Norwegian or Scandinavian antiques will love this box. You would expect to see a box like that at the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum given its unique quality and character. It is definitely a one of a kind item that collectors do not think they will ever have a chance to own. We obtained it directly from Norway. It is made from fir, and has diamond openings on all sides where the wood has been cut out and replaced with carved open grids inserted into the wood. The box is held together with wooden pegs along with nails that were added at a later date to strengthen the box. The swirling grain painting gives the box a wonderful feel and patina. It was clearly made by a master craftsman. Inside there are two storage areas. To get to them one end lifts up in a sliding dovetail groove and then a drawer is revealed that can be pulled out. In addition, the top slides off like a candle box revealing a second storage area. Overall, the condition is good, although it has damage and wear that is consistent with its age. The lid has two mending plates screwed in place that hold a crack together, there is some loss to several grids, a number of drying cracks, and some early insect damage. Some glue repairs appear to be recent. This piece dates from the mid 1800s and it would be a great addition to any collection of Norwegian farm antiques. It measures a substantial 15 inches long, 10 inches tall, and 7 1/4 inches wide.
You would not expect an item like this to ever be available again, so here is a chance to own an important Norwegian farm antique! You can buy with confidence from Sweetpea Cottage. We stand behind everything that we sell. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason, simply notify us by email of your intentions within 3 days of receiving the item. We then ask that you return it to us in its original condition in a timely fashion. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. This is a large item that will require oversized shipping charges and will require special care in packing. Shipping and insurance for this item will be $30 anywhere within the U.S. We will not be able to sell or ship this item to international customers.
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