18th Century Deer Skin Document Box
A late 18th century deer skin document box that was also a traveling box. It has its interior vapor barrier intact and is lined with plain paper. It has its original cloth 'hinge' that keepts the box open while in use and, surprisingly, has a very little seen set of red leather 'thongs' to hold extra documents and even writing materials (!) on the top of the box. The exterior of the box has a great decoration that is in the form of a draping swag made with those big brass nails and also metal edge protections on each edge of the top of the box. It is quite 'dirty' on the exterior but that is part of its history and I would suggest not cleaning it to preserve its history. There is an area on the back bottom of the box where the leather pulled away from the side and had to be nailed back on. The repair didn't last long but it is a quirky little addition to this wonderful early box. It measures 15" x 8.5" x 7" tall.
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