This is a most interesting early (dated 1832) chip-carved folk art box that is most likely of Scandinavian origin. It is a long rectangular piece with two sliding lids at the top. The longer sides are covered with various patterned sections and include three six-sided stars and two with a swirling pattern (eight and twelve-sided). These are all created as roundels. On the top on each lid are the initials ‘END’ and one lid has the date 1832. One side has initials which appear to be ‘NLSF’ and ‘MN’. This box would be described as a primitive but this is part of its charm. It does show signs of wear and minimal loss at some edges. The lids fit into their slots but are slightly temperamental. This would be a special and dated piece to add to a collection of early folk art. Length 12 ins (30.5cm), width 2.75 ins (7cm), depth 1.75 ins (4.5cm). Weight 302 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 65.
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