Condition: One hinge is loose within the backboard aperture which is consistent with
age and use. (We would not do anything; however, we are able to have it tightened)
The engraved period brass escutcheon is not original. The interior till is long gone.
Additional Information: The thumb molded projecting rectangular lid with snipe hinges
opening to a box interior; the case sits on a projecting molded base. Outstanding
eighteenth century red paint in dry patina. The box retains its original snipe hinges, The
box with great presence displays well.
Condition: Very good overall; slight edge loss to rim as depicted
Additional Information: Polished iron box engraved and etched displaying foliage,
figures, and patterns. All surfaces are decorated with double panels…a gentleman with
sword leaning on a staff, another man raising a goblet, women with flowers. The
compositions are a testimony to the skill of Nuremberg craftsmen. The underside of lid
is engraved as are the entire nomenclature of lock mechanisms. Other decorative lock
parts are shaped and engraved. Mechanically the lock is fine. The box is raised on
original ball feet. For similar examples see Ornamental Coffers: Eight Centuries of
European Craftsmanship by Ewald Berger.
Condition: Excellent, zinc liner added within, leg support brackets restored
Additional Information: A rare and very good example remaining in a rarely
encountered high state of originality. Two panel hinged lid featuring molded edges: the
front with three recessed panels… each featuring imaginative ornamental carving within
guilloche-carved arcade. Front stiles and rails molded and carved. The chest remains at
full heigh and displays an extraordinary surface.
Condition: Excellent, any imperfections are minor, consistent with 375-years of use. Minor old pesting limited to bottom board, retains original lid cleats and
pintle hinges: scatted minor edge losses to slightly projecting bottom board.
This extremely rare and important box is worthy of the finest collections.
Additional Information: With its interlocking lunettes, leafy interiors; fleur-del-lis,
stippled background, and scrollwork surrounds, the carved ornament is closely related
to that seen on two joined chests both attributed to the Windsor area in the Connecticut
River Valley and now at the Connecticut Historical Society. The first is ascribed by
Joshua W. Lane and Donald P. White III to the “opposing gouge” group of Windsor and
dated 1660-1680. The same scholars attribute the second to the barber shop tradition,
possibly Thomas Barber, Sr. (1614-1662) or Thomas Barber, Jr. (1641-1711), of
Windsor and Simsbury and date to 1660. See Joshua W. lane and Donald P. White III, The Woodworkers of Windsor: A Connecticut Community of Craftsmen and Their World,
1635-1715. (Deerfield 2004), pp. 32, 40, cats. 11, 15. Other noted features: original pine
lid sides are highlighted with gouge-carved notches; tapered cleats featuring shaped
ends and canted outside edges. The bead-fillet-step-half round groove molding to front
edge of lid is worn quite smooth. The tapered lid cleats with shaped front ends are
chamfered on outside edges. The front, sides and backboards are rived.
Literature: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, Vol. V, (1974, reprinted
1982), page 1180, P5150.
Condition: Very good, drawer brasses are old replacements
Additional Information: A spice or valuables cabinet/cupboard…the molded top
overhanging a paneled door retaining original engraved brass escutcheon; door hung
from brass strap hinges featuring shaped ends; door enclosing an arrangement of
dovetail joined 8 drawers.
A survivor featuring rectangular lid with molded edges retaining original cleats and hung
on original snipe hinges, simple rabbet and nail joinery. Original blue/gray paint, top
retains approximately 20% paint otherwise a magnificent rich brown patina. The case
retains about 80% original paint. Retains iron lock secured with clinched nails and
engraved brass escutcheon. Very good as found condition, a soulful box with minor
signs of wear and use commensurate with nearly 300-years existence.
(Height: 8.25"; width: 28.25"; depth: 18.25")
The mortice and tenon joined recessed panel door featuring brass escutcheon hangs on
original “H” hinges, it opens to reveal eight drawers within slide out case; beautiful gilt
brass pulls appear to be original and may date the chest to the late 17th century. The
case features crown and base moldings. The drawers are of simple lap construction
with applied moldings; drawers lined with blue paper. Original early surface history
consisting of dark mustard over blue paint; dry patina. Imperfection to right proper side
molding at rear…loss of small section of molding which we can have restored. There is
a small bit of old and minor pesting. Desirable size: height: 14"; width: 14"; depth: 7".
The slightly domed cleated top on conforming case of dovetail joinery; bottom attached
with rosehead nails; large strap lock hasp; two pair original history straps hinges. The
top now attached with very old leather hinges, one with updated leather
(Original remains with box). Height: 9"; width: 23"; depth: 16".
The hinged thumb-molded sloped rectangular lid opening to the now partially fitted interior
consisting of two small drawers with terrific carved pulls; original snipe hinges are without
compromise. The dovetail joined case sans applied base moldings and lacking elements of
A Bible box in original red paint having a thumb-molded overhanging rectangular batten
lid [missing one batten] hung from original snipe hinges opening to a fitted box interior.
The interior features a partitioned till with sliding lid. Base moldings to front and sides
long gone, so long that the witness shadow has developed a rich patina; it displays well.
Original lock remains intact. Generally, very good condition commensurate with age and
use; wear to lid at proper right front; ubiquitous shrinkage crack to top…not offensive,
has character. (Height: 9.75"; width: 26.75"; depth: 14.25")
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