Antique Bentwood Large Spice Box Stenciled Lift-off Lid Made in America
Description: A beautiful and old large, American, bentwood spice box. We believe this box dates from the 1850s or 1860s and was probably made in Newark, New Jersey. We also believe the box contained several smaller boxes all of which were designed to contain spices and were all included in this larger bentwood box. Please refer to Nina Fletcher Little Book Neat & Tidy "Boxes and Their Contents Used in Early American Households" Published by The Society for Preservation of New England Antiques, 2001 Page 155. The box has a lift-off lid which fits tightly over the box itself. The sides and top of the lid have a nice brown colored finish which is lacquered and has the word "Spices" stenciled on it. The bottom of the box as well as the interior are not colored or lacquered. The inside of the box still retains some of the fragrances of the spices it once contained. Please carefully view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Mid 1800's.
Origin: Purchased in an estate auction in Southeastern Pennsylvania and was most likely made in New Jersey, USA.
Size: Measures ~8 1/2" in diameter and is 3 1/2" in height with lid on. The box weighs a bit over 7 ounces.
Marks: Printed on the side of the box and on the top of the lid the word "SPICES".
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is beautiful antique worthy of a spot in your collection of antique boxes or kitchen implements.
Condition: Box is in good condition given its age and utilitarian function. The piece has no breaks or repairs. It does have scratches and general wear commensurate with its age. The top of the box has some water damage and the has some water staining and is wavy and has some surface cracks. These however, do not compromise the integrity of the lid and the lid is solid and intact. The edge of the lid has a few spots where it shows some losses, see fourth photo and at the bottom of the last photo. The box is clean inside and out and still has remnants of spice fragrance. Just a very nice antique spice box worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty of this exquisite box and for additional condition information.