This is a fascinating box redolent with age and history. It fits with the style of box of the 17th and early 18th centuries that are often called “Bible boxes”. This name may be erroneous as many were not for the large bibles of the era, but were for general storage of precious apparel and other items. This box, because of its sloping lid is much more likely to have been a writing box. It is of warm-coloured oak with iron fittings. The box has a somewhat naïve folk art feel. At the top is a punched-out dot pattern forming a large cartouche which includes its date of 1668 and presumably its first owner’s initials most likely to be IMHB (see image). Many of the edges have a notched design. The box opens at the front with the iron hinges at the back. The lock does not appear to be functional. This item does show its age as would be expected, with scattered cracks and timber loss (see images), but this does not detract and in fact adds to its appeal and originality. With the smaller size, dating and lovely patina this would be a feature item amongst a collection of older antiques.
Box measures width 19 ins (48.3cm) x depth 12 ins (30.5cm) x maximum height 7 ins (17.8cm). Weight approximately 6 kgs.
This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 49 with a collection of other equivalent age boxes.
Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $74.00 USD. This item is covered by our own insurance policy. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Special 17th Century Oak Writing Box, Dot-Dated 1668 Plus Owner’s Initials
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