Spruce Gum Box
  
Large book form spruce gum box with double sliding lids and fine chip carving.  It bears initials "WH" and there is a faint inscription on the binding which appears to contain the name "William".  Very minor wear and loss.  Spruce gum (hardened sap from Spruce trees) was collected by itinerant loggers in the North woods of New England and Canada and chewed like modern-day gum.  Spruce gum boxes were carved by the loggers in their spare time to house the supply of gum.  Usually the boxes were made in book form with sliding lids for access.  Many were made as gifts for wives and sweethearts back home, although this one may have been made to house William's personal supply of spruce gum. (CH-39)

 
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