Late 18th Century Oval Pantry Box with Rosehead Nail Construction
A late 18th century to early 19th century New England oval pantry box that once held one of a household's most precious commodity - salt! It is not a Shaker box as the fingers on the lid and those on the base of the box do oppose each other. This 200+ year old box was a utilitarian piece but still shows the care it took to carve those fingers and the workmanship of the maker who cut off and carefully filed down the nails used in its construction even though it was not made by the Shakers. It has wonderful oxidation around the base of the box and some loss to its bottom. Some of the rosehead nails are almost completely rusted away due to the corrosive characteristics of the salt that it once held but it is still tight and sturdy.
It has a 4.75" x 6.25" diameter and stands 2.75" tall.
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