New England, ca. 1814. In original deep blue paint, with a touch of green in the hue. Pine top and bottom with ash or chestnut side wall, joined by early nails. What makes this box special is the crisp, precise engraving "LETTER BOX 1814" clearly carved by a skilled engraver, perhaps the maker of the box. This box was made in the period prior to commercial envelopes in which letters were typically tightly folded paper seal by wax. The box measures about 7 1/2 inches diameter x 3 3/8 tall. Good condition with wear consistent with period usage.
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