During the late Victorian era, pyrography, or wood burning, became in vogue for wooden glove or trinket boxes, plaques, art, shelves and other wall hangings. Even though pyrography dates to the ancient Egyptians, the craft was perfected during the industrial revolution of the late 19th century. This wonderful little box is a product of that era. On the lid is a red flower with green leaves and a banner that says Work Box. At 6” wide x 4 1/8” deep x 2 ¾” tall, it couldn’t hold a lot of work, or at least not for me! It probably was a mending box, holding thread, yarn, needles, etc. The top is also bordered in a burned pattern to look like a weave or plait. On the sides is diagonal double cross-hatching. It has an unusual little hinge on the lid, which is oddly placed at the front of the box. The hinge allows a little play in the lid, but it is securely attached. The lid shows that it was used a lot, for there are places where the burned wood is worn completely off – how charming! When the lid is lifted, the same pattern has been burned on the inside, only without the coloring of the flower and leaves. There are rust stains from the nails which are holding it together, but that is to be expected on a piece this old. That just adds to its character.
This would make a great addition to your Victorian, box, or sewing collection or to serve as a decorative piece. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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