Early American mahogany wood jewelry box with wonderful incised cupid design on the lid.
The mahogany sheets are covering a pine box. There is a black painted band at the base of the box. The top has an inlaid lighter colored circle of wood with an incised darkened design of a cupid with bow and arrow. There is a mother of pearl key hole on the front of the box. The metal hardware of the box looks handmade. The hinges are probably replaced because they are of a different metal. The inside of the box is covered in a spotted paper with a spotted paper beneath his layer. The mahogany wood is beautiful with rich graining and patina.
There are no labels or marks.
MEASUREMENTS: 8 7/8"wide x 5" deep x 3 ½" tall
CONDITION: Three corners have veneer loss. The black band is missing a piece at the back. The top is perfect except for small damages. One of the edges to the top has a crack. There is a repair of a small piece of wood on one side above a crack. Someone used a knife to cut open the box above the lock. Even with the damage, the box still is good looking and warm with an old beautiful patina.
An incredible aged box with a beautiful warm patina. The incised design reminds me of the late 18th century scrimshaw. A very beautiful jewelry box indeed.