We are one of the few shops remaining from the early days of Ruby Lane who, because of grandfathering, are still able to sell our own original artisan crafted items. Done in the style of antique Norwegian tine (pronounced tee-na) boxes, this artisan made bentwood box is entirely constructed with solid Pennsylvania harvested quartersawn white oak chosen because of the beautiful grain and color of the wood. The bent wood side of the box is fastened together with split reed that is chain stitched in the style used by early Norwegian craftsmen. It has been reinforced with three clinched copper tacks as is done with Shaker boxes. The corner posts are cut in a graceful arched wing style that is reminiscent of a Viking helmet. The handle echos the sweep of the corner posts. It is a beautiful interpretation of the traditional antique Norwegian, Swedish, or Scandinavian tine, and could serve nicely as a bride's box. It has been completely artisan crafted from start to finish in the woodworking workshop at Sweetpea Cottage.
The box, or tine, measures about 7 1/2 inches long. It stands 3 inches tall and the total height to the tips of the corner posts is 5 inches. It measures 4 inches across at the base and the lid is a bit larger measuring about 4 3/8 inches across. The wood has been fumed in ammonia gas in the classic way used on traditional Mission Arts and Crafts, or Stickley, furniture. This creates a chocolate color that it should continue to develop a deep rich patina over the years. It is top coated with several layers of polyurethane varnish finish that adds to the deep rich color and protects the wood as well. It has a final coat of a high quality conservator's wax that provides a satin sheen. This box is well on its way to developing the classic patina that is so sought after and the simple elegant styling of the design adds a special dimension to this beautiful folk art box. The color and shape of the box has a classic Arts and Crafts quality that will make it a wonderful display piece. What a great gift for the Viking in your family.
If you know somebody of Scandinavian heritage, this would be a great nostalgia gift. Sweetpea Cottage stands behind everything that we sell. If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, then you can return it for any reason. We will refund the full purchase price minus shipping charges. We ask that you notify us via email within 3 days of receiving your purchase that you intend to return it. It should then be returned to us within 5 days. After we receive it in original condition, then we will issue your refund minus shipping. Shop with confidence with us and you will never be disappointed.