We are offering you a wonderful Norwegian tine that is a bit unusual in that it has a fully functional and original turning lock mechanism that holds down the lid. Research suggests that it probably originated in Bergen, Norway about 1880 before it found its way to the New World. Most boxes constructed in this manner are fairly small, measuring no more than 5 inches long. This box is substantially larger! It measure 9 ½ inches long, by 6 3/4 inches wide, by 6 1/4 inches tall. We have had a limited number of boxes of this type and decorations over the years and virtually every one of them had lost the locking mechanism so that it had to be replaced with something new. (We are fortunate enough to presently have two of these boxes listed, both with original locking mechanisms.)
This box is made from straight-grained fir or pine and has the traditional birch root lacing most of which is still present and remarkably well preserved. The bottom is attached to the sides with wooden pegs. Surprisingly, those are also still all present. As mentioned earlier, the lid locks on by using one of the end posts which pivots to hold the lid down. The lacing that holds this pivoting post in place is still present although it has been reinforced with some wire around the top lace. The condition of the box is quite good. Shrinkage of the wood has pulled part of the bottom away from the sides, but the bottom is still well attached. The surface of the piece does not look as if it ever had a varnish or shellac finish applied. Instead there is a wonderful burnished patina that comes with age and use. There are a very small number of insect holes, but the inhabitants of the holes are long gone. The surfaces are all covered with zig-zag patterns created using hot poker work. On the inside the bottom is covered with a piece of what might be old wallpaper which we have chosen to leave in place. It is a beautiful box with outstanding patina - a true survivor.
If you collect Scandinavian folk art, Norwegian bent wood boxes (tine), or primitive items, then this is a piece that you do not want to miss. The time to buy a box like this is when you see it. You do not know when you might see another one! 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. After we receive it then we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges.