This is a wonderful piece of tramp art that is loaded with notches. It was intended to be either a sewing box or dresser box. Sitting on the top are two velvet pin cushions that are original, both sitting in notched frames. On the front there are two small drawers also surrounded by notched frames, just the right size for storing small odds and ends. The drawer on the left has a wonderful age shadow inside where a key once sat. The top is also hinged so that it will open up to reveal a shallow storage space. The bottom of the storage space has a wooden panel that lifts out to reveal additional storage in the cabinet area where the drawers reside when closed. The box measures 10 inches long, 4 3/4 inches deep and 4 inches tall. There are four ebonized feet on the bottom that add an additional 1 inch to the height. The box dates to approximately 1875 based on the cigar tax stamps which are still attached to the back and bottom. Overall, condition is consistent with age. There are several very small areas of wood chipping as is usually found on these old boxes. The lid has a slight warp that prevents it from sitting tight on the top. One of the hinges has lost its hinge pin and has a small brad replacement. There is an illustrated ad pasted inside the lid that advertises "A purely vegetable medicine." Please note that the jewelry shown in some of the photos is not part of this item, but serves as a photo prop.
There are all sorts of tramp art boxes available to the collector enthusiast, but we doubt that you have ever seen one quite like this. It is a wonderful survivor that will stand out in a collection of tramp art and it looks great sitting on a desk or shelf. Look at the photos and you will see how nice this box is. It will capture everybody's attention. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges.
Tramp Art Dresser Box with Drawers, Heavily Notched