This is a nice example of a French wall box ca. 1800. Made of walnut, the box has the characteristic French "paddle" handles and the slide lid is only about 3/4's of the height of the box. In this example the slide lid has an incised linen fold decoration. The edges of the box opening are nicely molded creating a frame for the slide lid decoration. The lower panel has incised decoration as well. In all, the box presents a very nice architectural look.
The box is dovetailed and then nailed to the back board. The lower panel and bottom panels are also nailed in place with early rose head nails.
The box measures 16 1/4" tall (19" with the handle), 10 1/2" wide and 4 3/4" deep.
The box shows signs of its age. The slide lid has a repaired crack to the left side bevel. The inside shows signs of insect activity (not current) and the piece appears to have been refinished at some time.
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