Antique Large Wooden Box "Boys Union Tool Chest" No. 60B Beautiful Original Paper Decal
Description: A nice old wood box with hinged lid. The inside of the lid has a paper litho gravure indicating that this is a "Boys Union Tool Chest". The inside of the lid has a paper litho indication that it is the Boys Union Tool Chest, No. 60 B, with a spread eagle standing over the US flags and US shield in the center. This is surrounded by vignettes of children constructing and showing off the horse they mad. The top left corner has a saw, a compass and a hammer. The box has an iron hinged latch that meets a loop affixed to the front so that the box can be locked using a padlock, I would guess that the locking mechanism was added later since it does cover the art work on the inside of the lid. The box is of dove tailed and nails construction. There is wood trim nailed at the bottom in the front and two sides but not the back. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: 1910 - 1920's.
Origin: Uncertain but most likely Rhode Island, USA.
Size: Box measures ~11 7/8" by ~5 7/8" by ~4 1/4".
Maker: Uncertain but most likely R. Bliss and Company.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: In the early 1830s, Rufus Bliss opened Bliss Manufacturing Company in Rhode Island. Bliss became famous at the turn of the 20th century for making children's toys, including lawn tennis and croquet sets. The Boys Union Tool Chest was advertised in the 1911 Bliss catalog as an exact imitation of an adult's tool chest. This was made of a weathered oak or chestnut finish, and the tools were for practical use.
Condition: This box was a toy and probably has seen a lot of use and abuse. It is in a relatively good shape, but it has scratches all over. It also shows a lot of ware and has hand writing in pencil on the label. The wood shows borings of wood eating insects, but it is free of such insects. It has a hole in the bottom which appears to be due to the loss of a wood knot. It also has a spot under the right hinge on the inside, where the wood appears charred and the tip of the nail holding the hinge can be seen. Finally there is a few stains on the top of the lid. Please see the photos for additional condition information.