This is a most extraordinary piece of Americana folk art as at first glance it appears to be a plain, possibly coffin-shaped box with a sliding top and indentation for a thumb-pull. When this is gently opened, to one’s astonishment, a little hand-painted bisque doll pops up! This is caused by a mechanism attached to the back and base of the doll joined to the lid. When the box is closed, she lies down again. This box is in similar vein and concept to the Jack-in-the-Box or the less friendly Snake-in-the-Box. The little doll has obviously been played with over many generations and being of a more delicate bisque manufacture, has lost the lower half of both her arms, which is not surprising considering the fairly tight confines of the box. The box has a maker’s mark on the inside for 'Waitt & Bond, Inc., Boston, Mass.' Both the box and doll shows signs of wear which would be consistent with its age and use. This would be a fascinating and intriguing item to add to a collection of Americana folk art. 5.5 ins (14cm) x 3 ins (7.6cm) x 2 ins (5cm). Weight 136 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 64.
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