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Antique Miniature Blanket Box ~ Dovetailed ~ Old Red Paint
I found this little red blanket chest in Connecticut, but I believe it may have Pennsylvania origins. It was made in the nineteenth century and retains wonderful old, possibly original red paint/wash. The box is dovetailed on all sides. The lid has an applied shaped molding that adds a nice detail. The applied skirt with bracket feet balances off the piece nicely. Hinges are original. There are both square and round nails. The round nails being added later to help secure the front lid molding as well as to repair one foot. One back foot and corner block have been replaced. The replacement is old and well done as can be seen in the photos. When I found this piece it was locked. Turns out if the chest was tilted a certain way the lock mechanism would slide and lock the chest. Since I have no key, I removed the plate from the lid so this would not happen again (plate will be included). There are signs this plate has been changed or fixed in the past. There is wear to the paint as well as to the corners and edges of the chest. The top has wear and stains. Escutcheon is scratched. Interior is nice and clean. I love the small size of this chest and its wonderful old red color. The measurements are 21" x 11" x 10". It's great for use tabletop or stacked atop larger chests or boxes.
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