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Pine, dovetail construction, painted overall with gray-green and black marbleized smoke decoration.
1) Handpainted on bottom underside (at later date): ""Made By Isiah Webster / Jan. [?] 1795 / Presented to C.H. Perry 2d / June 1st 1864"" [partially illegible]. 2) Note tucked inside (now in accession folder): ""This knife box was made by your Great / Grandfather Isiah Webster in Jan 1795 / the day your grandmother Perry was / born. My mother gave it to me / June 1st 1864 - & now I give it to / you to keep in your curio room. / the day of the month is worn out / but your Mother can give you the / exact date. Respectfully yours / Chas H. Perry / March 1896."" (To Lissie W(?) Foster / 99 Corning St. Beverly). Other side of note reads ""This box is 101 years old"".
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
Food Service T&E
4 x 4.5 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Probably Massachusetts (United States)