19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box

Found this great 19th century Pantry Box in upstate NY near Cortland. The box is Bentwood constructed with a bail handle and is a walnut color. Measurements are: 6 ½ inches high by 11 ½ inches in diameter. The top lid fits easily on and shows signs of maybe once being painted a light shade of blue. I cannot say this for sure, but I don’t believe the top was stripped of color, but was tinted with a wash. The tint is actually very attractively caught up in the wood grain. It’s very nice either way. There is also writing on the underside of the top lid in what appears to be pencil. What I can make out are the words: A. H. Bachedea (and maybe, Gorham Me.) Please see photos. I do know that many ladies back then, when bringing something delicious to church gatherings, would write their name somewhere on the container assuring that they would get the same one back. The box is clean and in very good age-related condition with no serious cracks to or splintering other than what one might expect from general use and age. At the bottom of the seam there is about a one inch section that has lifted, but still retains its integrity. This is a noted stress area on pantry boxes. All other nails are secure and tight. There are no offensive odors and the bail handle is securely attached. The bottom round also remains secure. Nice display piece, but to me, it still remains a usable pantry item. It’s quite nice. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.


19th Century Bail Handle Pantry Box


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