Antique Two Compartment Rectangular Tin Tobacco Hanging Box Hand Painted Colonial Horseman and Tulip Decoration
Description: A rare and beautiful antique, thick tin, hand painted hanging box (possibly for tobacco) having two compartments and a lid. The box is made of thick and heavy tin plates soldered together. It consists of a rectangular box attached to a flat back plate having two holes on top where it could be hung on the wall. The box is hand painted with the image of a colonial horseman having a gun in his hand and riding a galloping horse. There are tulips framing the image, which is on the vertical plate above the lidded box itself. The box itself, which is attached to the vertical plate and extends outwards, is of nice size and has hand painted tulips rising or extending out of a semi circular shape, on the front. Again the entire box is in a beautiful red colored background with the hand painted scenes being in gray, yellow, green, and black coloring. The edges of the entire piece are highlighted with a wide band, black painted, border having a greenish-gray primitive motif within it. The bands also have yellow accent at the edges. In addition, all external edges are rounded and are red. The horseman image as well as the tulips are typical Pennsylvania Dutch decorations from the 1700s and 1800s. The entire outside of the box, including the back and bottom, is painted in the red colored background. The box has a hinged lid which opens to reveal the two compartments on the inside. The inside of the box is unpainted. The hinge itself consists of two rectangular plates soldered to the lid and rotating around a rod attached to a stationary short plate which in turn is attached to the back plate. We have taken many photos with and without flash in an attempt to convey the true beauty and condition of this antique and its art work. Please review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely Circa 1800s or maybe earlier.
Origin: Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA
Size: Measures ~10 1/4" wide, 5 1/2" deep, the box itself is 4" high, while the entire piece is 9 1/4'" high. The piece weighs over two and a half pounds.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a rare and beautiful hanging box with great Pennsylvania Dutch primitive decoration which very seldom comes by.
Condition: The piece is in great condition, retaining most of its original paint. There are minor losses to the paint, which can be seen in the photos. It also has minor rust spots especially on the inside and the back, which can also be seen in the photos. Please carefully review the photos for additional condition information and to appreciate the beauty of this great piece of Americana.
In Closing: This is a great piece, which is seldom seen. I would display very well and make an excellent addition to your advanced collection of Americana.