Sewing and Sampler Box,

Sewing and Sampler Box,

Scandinavia, late 19th century 

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dimensions (of the lid): 11¼”w x 5½”d. • height: 9” • sold

There is a wonderful tradition of young ladies owning paint decorated work boxes that were used to store sewing projects and tools, often specifically during the making of samplers, and this is a delightful example of such a box. The “ABCD” wreathed in flowers implies the intent of this box, and we can just picture a partially worked sampler rolled up inside of it and the needles, scissor, thimbles, and floss thread placed in the little drawer. The overall form of the box with its domed lid, as well as the color and paint style are reminiscent of the Scandinavian travel trunks that have were brought to the United States along with their immigrant owners.

The top lifts off fully and the drawer has a carved knob. The box as well as its drawer are dovetailed and the paint is all original.


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