Found this rare oversized Pantry/Cheese Box in upstate Hudson Valley area. The straight lap seam is in its natural wood state with square iron nails. Something is written in period script on the top lid, but I am unable to make out what it says. Many times the tops carried the name of the owner and the address. Some letters are legible: The first two appear to be the letters, J. or P. with the last letters appearing to be Ellinger. The box is quite hefty measuring out at 19 inches in diameter with lid on; slightly smaller without the lid. Depth is 5 inches, varying at different points due to the uneven bottom. This would be normal to any box constructed in this nature. Outside bottom height is 5 ½ inches making inside slatted floor boards ½ inch thick. Height with the top on is 6 inches high. The circa late 1800s-early 1900s box is in age related, sound condition. Aside from a good dusting the box is as we found it. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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