Document Box With Fish

Document or ditty box in old, crusty paint with exceptionally fine paneled decorations, one on the front with a carved fish and the original owner's initials and another on top with a wonderful carved floret. 11 ½" W x 8 1/4" Deep x 5 ¾" high. Probably made by or for an early 19th century fisherman or sailor in the northeastern U.S. The fish carving likely represents a codfish. All original. We carefully scraped multiple dots of splattered white paint from the surface. There is a small blemish on top which disappears when moistened, leading us to believe that a new owner could retouch it easily, if desired. Original key is inside. There may have once been an escutcheon or another fitting on the exterior, but there is no remaining evidence that there was one as opposed to a simple keyhole. A charming example of early American folk art. (CD-7)
 
$740
 
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Document Box With Fish
 
Document Box With Fish
 
Document Box With Fish

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