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Triple-Chambered Wooden Bee Box w/ Glass Windows, Early 20th Century
An early 20th century, triple-chambered Bee Box with 2 round windows showing the insides of the chambers, round openings between the chambers and a unique pin system that is used to open and block the openings (with a piece of tin that slides between the wall of the chambers). On lid flips open and the other remains permanently closed. While not exactly sure how the box was supposed to work, I assume bees were attracted to the open space on one side, encouraged to enter the center chamber through the round opening and then released into the third chamber through that round opening and released by lifting the lid! (Got that? And you thought Bee Boxes were low-tech devices!!) One has to assume that this box is home-made and may well be unique!
The box measures 9 7/8” x 4 ½” x 1 7/8 (high); each chamber is approximately 2 ½” x 3 ½” and the glass viewing windows are 2” in diameter. Nice natural patina with only minor, expected edge bumping and a couple of thin age splits (on the bottom); the glass windows are not damaged and the hinges appear to be original. A most unusual piece of Americana.
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