Like a piece of fine furniture, this is an elegantly styled bent wood box hand crafted in the woodworking shop at Sweetpea Cottage. It is entirely constructed with Pennsylvania black cherry emphasizing the beautiful grain and color of the wood. The wood has been steamed and bent while hot to retain the oval shape. It has been carefully laced with split reed to close the flap and keep the box secure. The cherry is developing a rich reddish-brown that will continue to darken with age. The corner posts are cut and carved with graceful lines to add interest to the piece. The arched handle is textured to add some roughness to the smooth surface of the fine cherry. The texturing is reminiscent of that often found on fine Black Forest carvings. The lid snaps down tightly onto the corner posts, giving this type of box the nickname "snap box." It is a beautiful interpretation of the traditional Norwegian, Swedish, or Scandinavian tine.
The box is about 8 inches long, 5 1/4 inches wide and stands 3 7/8 inches tall. The total height is 6 inches from the base to the tips of the corner posts and the total length is 9 3/4 inches measured from end to end on the lid. The wood has been left unstained to achieve a natural aged look and has been finished with several coats of a polyurethane/oil finish. The oil has helped to bring out the richness of the cherry and the wood will continue to darken and develop the classic cherry patina that is so sought after. Finally, it was polished with a protective coat of very high quality conservator's wax.
If you are looking for a unique gift for a special person, then this is for you. Check the photos carefully, and you will see what a gem it is. 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. Once it is returned to us in a timely fashion and in original condition, then we will issue your refund. We will only accept PayPal as the form of payment from our international customers. Shop with confidence with us and you will never be disappointed.