Timber cutters in the logging industry in the Northern woods of the USA were involved in the minor industry of chewing gum production. This early hand crafted honey-coloured spruce gum box is a charming example of early American folk art. It is completely and intricately chip carved. There is a sliding, initialed, 'B.T.' piece at one end and 'L.P.' at the other. One side features the design of a cross, and the other, again the initials 'B.T.' The carving is in excellent condition with two very minor chips. One edge of the opening may possibly be repaired so that the sliding lid stays in position. Length 5.5 ins (14cm), width 2.75 ins (6.5cm), depth 2 ins (5.1cm). Weight 140 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 61.