We continue to look for unusual high quality Norwegian, Swedish or Scandinavian bentwood boxes, or tines, to satisfy the needs of our continually growing collector base. This time 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. 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 3/8 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.
This box is made from straight-grained fir or pine and has the traditional birch root lacing which is remarkably well preserved. The bottom was originally attached to the sides exclusively with wooden pegs. As is usually the case, over the years some of those pegs have shrunken and fallen out. In one case the lost peg was replaced with an early iron nail. Judging by the stain discoloration to the wood around that nail, it has been there for a very long time. As mentioned earlier, the lid locks on by using one of the end posts which pivots to hold the lid down. Usually the lacing that holds the pivoting post in place has disappeared. Many times people replace the missing pieces with wire or string. In this case, the original lacing is still all present and functional. The condition of the box is quite good. Shrinkage of the wood over time has loosened the base, but it is still well attached and in no danger of falling out. The surface of the piece does not look as if it ever had a varnish or shellac finish applied. However, there are some remnants of an early application of wax. There is some insect damage primarily in the lid and bottom, but the inhabitants of the holes are long gone. The surfaces are all covered with zig-zag patterns created using hot poker work. Inside the lid there is a name and the date 1881 all written in pencil. It is a beautiful box with outstanding patina - a true survivor.
If you collect Scandinavian folk art, Norwegian bent wood boxes, 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. We will only accept PayPal from our international customers.