This is a wonderful painted tine, or bentwood box, from Norway that has an internal locking mechanism built into the lid. The box is approximately 13 ½ inches long, 9 ¼ inches wide, and 8 ¾ inches tall. Other than the underside and inside, it is completely painted in an early oxblood color. All the original birch root lacing is still present and tight. The lid has an internal sliding lock that is controlled with two knobs on the outside of the lid. There is a sliver of wood missing on the top front of the box that is obvious in one of the photos. There are also several missing slivers of wood along the bottom of the sides. A shrinkage crack runs across the base that is a result of the wood drying over time. Some of the original wooden pegs used to attach the base are still present, some are missing, and some have been replaced with iron nails. The bentwood sides are quite thin, much thinner than is usually found in boxes of this size. The maker was clearly an expert artisan. The look of this box is wonderful. It has a great primitive quality that shows very well. It is a nice display piece and could be used for storage. It is rare to find a box of this type that is a one-of-a-kind item not fitting into any specific style or category. What a unique gift for the Viking in your family.
Red Painted Norwegian Tine with Internal Lock, Ca. 1850's
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