Every once in a while we run into an object that is simply too good to ignore. That was the case with this early Norwegian tine, or bentwood box. The box is an original from Norway that has been decorated with wonderful early rosemaling. It measures 10 ½ inches long by 7 1/8 inches deep and 7 inches high. The painting on this wonderful box is terrific. It is still clean and bright with beautiful flowing floral and leaf motifs. It is all done against a reddish-brown ground color. The condition is quite good. Shrinkage of the wood which is normally so common in this type of box is minimal. The bottom is still very tightly attached to the sides with only minor gaps. The original wooden pegs used to hold the piece together are still all present with the exception of one peg holding one of the vertical posts in place which might be an early replacement. There are a few small splits in the bentwood banding on the sides and one larger split that has been very skillfully stabilized so that it is hardly noticeable. (See photo) There is one split along the length of the lid that also has a very early repair so that it is completely stable and barely noticeable. Overall the condition exceeds what would be expected from a box of this age.
In researching this box, we have found similar boxes in the Vesterheim Norwegian American Museum collection. If you go to their website and research their online collection, then you find objects that bear a strong resemblance to this wonderful piece. If you go to the Norwegian Digital Online Folk Art Museum also known as "digitaltmuseum" and search for "tiner" you will find boxes of this quality. This is truly a museum quality box.
This box would be an excellent addition to a collection of Norwegian antiques or a very special gift to that Norwegian in you life. You can shop with confidence at Sweetpea Cottage. YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return your purchase for any reason we gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving your item, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. Shipping and insurance for this item will be $22.00 within the U.S. We will not be able to ship this item to our international customers.
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