We are offering you a wonderful round poker-decorated box from Bergen, Norway. The lid measures 5 1/4 inches long, by 4 3/4 inches wide. The actual box is about 4 5/8 inches in diameter and 3 1/8 inches tall with the vertical end posts providing a total height of 4 ½ inches. We have had several boxes of this type over the years all made by the same individual, usually round, some were dated and some indicated that they were made in Bergen, Norway. We suspect that many of them were obtained by emigrants as they left Norway for new homes in North America. (We also have in our inventory a sister box to this one that is made by the same person but is more unusual in that it is oval.)
This box is beautifully made from solid wood using the traditional methods of construction. It is made from straight-grained pine. Unlike many tines this one does not have the traditional birch root lacing which is used to hold the lapped bentwood together. Instead, the flaps of wood are joined underneath one of the vertical posts where the joinery is hidden from view. The box has all been carefully decorated with heated poker work to burn in a design (pyrography). The wood has been allowed to naturally oxidize so that it now has a rich golden-brown patina. The condition is quite good. The base is firmly attached with no signs of weakening due to wood shrinkage, which is so common in this type of box. There are no chips or splits in the wood and the lid still snaps shut tight as it was originally intended. It is a beautiful box that will be a welcome addition to your collection.
If you collect Scandinavian folk art, Norwegian bentwood boxes, or primitive items, then this is a piece that you do not want to miss. 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. Once we receive it then we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. International transactions must be completed using PayPal.