Antique Display Wood Box Mason Challenge Shoe Blacking Colorful Black Americana Graphics
Description: This is a very nice and unusual large wood display box. The display box for "Mason's Challenge Shoe Blacking" is made of wood and is rectangular in shape. The inside of lid has a paper lable with colorful illustration depicting a black boy with a shoe shining brush in hand and a white boy standing in the street with an oversized black and red boot. There is a dog, which sees his image in the shiney boot, suggesting a great shine job was completed. There is also a horse drawn coach coming down the street in the background to the left. The front panel of the box has an applied paper lable reading "3 Doz No. 2 Mason's Challenge Shoe Blacking." The box is of dovetail construction with the base being nailed to the sides. The lid has a simple interlocked wire loops hing mechanism. The box has a lacquer finish inside and out. Just a great looking antique product display wood box withgreat looking graphics. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely early to mid 1800s.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in southeastern Pennsylvania. Mason's Challenge Blacking products were made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Size: The box measures ~11 1/2" by ~8 3/4" and is ~2 3/4" high with lid closed. The piece weighs one pound.
Maker: Unknown Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: A nice, old wood box with nice, unusual, and most interesting graphics. It would make a great addition to your wood box or balck Americana graphics related collection.
Condition: The box is in very good condition with no major problems. It has no breaks and no repairs. It has a few scratches and a few minor dings to the surface. There are considerable losses to the lable on the front panel and a few minor losses to the lable on the inside of the lid. These are all along the edges. The lid is curved and does not sit flat on the top of the box. Of course the box was built of cheap wood and constructed cheaply and was never meant to last for almost 200 years. It is in great condition for being this old. Be that as it may, the box is just in very good condition, is a solid box and very nice. Please see photos for additional condition information.