This wonderful piece of Norwegian folk art is unique because of its large size and its wonderful decorative painted surface. If you collect Norwegian or Swedish folk art, then you do not want to pass up this opportunity. The box measures 15 ½ inches long, 10 ½ inches wide, and has a total height of 8 ½ inches measured to the tops of the vertical posts. The height of the box portion alone is 7 inches. The box is from the late 19th century and the paint is a slightly later addition, although still from the late 1800's. Boxes like this were often made in Norway, brought to the New World with immigrants and then painted in a more American style than would be the traditional rosemaling of Norway. The box has withstood the test of time very well. It has the usual cracks and gaps that are a result of many years of the wood expanding and contracting. The lid has a split that runs completely across the top but has been skillfully repaired from underneath with three pieces of reinforcing wood. Also, through continual use, the locking mechanism for the lid has been worn to the point where the lid will no longer lock on tightly. The box is fastened together with early hand wrought nails on the bottom and clinched nails to hold the sides together. There is a wonderful hand made iron handle attached with clinched cotter style iron bands. The paint decorations are well done. The flowers appear to be peonies with leaves. The paint is still strong with some crackling and minor chipping. Overall, this is a very nice box with interesting and aesthetically appealing decorative elements and impressive condition.
If you are a collector of Norwegian or Scandinavian folk art, then this box will be a nice and interesting addition to your collection. 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. At that time we will refund the full purchase price minus any shipping charges. We will not be able to ship this item to an international address.
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