This rare diminutive sea chest with original red painted surface measures 24 3/4" wide, 14 3/4" deep and 13 1/2" tall. The workmanship is very impressive. The pine box is made with single boards and mitered dovetails, a rare and elegant touch on a sea chest. The inside has a lift-lid till with single drawer underneath. The dovetailed drawer has a nicely molded front with the ogee theme continued on the inside of the two sides - another nice touch.
The strap hinges are smith made and attached with rosehead nails. There are also a few screws which are likely later replacements. The mortise lock appears to be original - the key has been lost. The box has the traditional wooden brackets for becketts (rope handles) which are not included.
There has been some repair to the base molding. There is also some paint loss as expected due to normal wear. The inside of the lid is marked "Walter Croft West Dublin NS." West Dublin, Nova Scotia is a fishing town on the coast and Croft is a common name throughout Nova Scotia. We assume Walter was the original owner or a descendant.
Considering the diminutive size, great color and construction detail, this sea chest is something special.
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