Northeast/Mid-Atlantic, ca. 18th to early 19th century. Hardwood, appears to be walnut, carved from a block, not joined. Original patinated apple green paint and thin over-varnish. Dated 1769 in carved "wrigglework", which is likely the date of making yet could be commemorative. The box is beautifully chip carved along the borders, with two pinwheels on each of the long sides and lid. The long sides also show carved flowers, and the initial 'S' on one, 'A' on the opposite. Given the very small size and moderate wear, this box was not a frequent use object, rather likely for something special, like a necklace, which was kept safe and only accessed occasionally. The handle also served as support to the slide lid when opened. Exceptional crisp condition. Just 8 3/8 inches OAL x 1 3/4 wide x 1 3/16 tall.
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