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Painted and Signed Oval Pantry Box

Excellent oval three-finger pantry box from the first half of the 1800s. Two bevel-edged swallowtail fingers on the base, one short finger on the lid. Copper nails. The initials “P n B” are deeply incised into the lid. The unusual sea foam green paint is unquestionably original. 8” x 5 3/8”. The box has two small holes just beyond the tops of the fingers, that suggest its owner may have used it as a thread box and fed the strands out through the holes—a colonial archetype for the Shaker sewing box.  


Halsey Munson Americana
2707 Twin Oaks Court
Decatur, Illinois  62526
Phone:  217-972-4645

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