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Grain painted maple and ash box of oval form with wooden snap/spring fitted with conforming lid trimmed with dark green paint; the lid also has a metalwire bail handle and cut out ends to fit wooden springs that stand upright at each side; bentwood lap secured with stitched straw or rush; nails around bottom; the graining is finely handled in reddish brown strips of patterning on ochre-yellow ground (top securely snaps shut).
straw (plant material)
Handwritten on a label on the underside of the lid: ""Grained box/ from/New Hampshire""
Original to Cogswell's Grant (Essex, Mass.),
7 1/2 x 12 5/8 (HxW) (inches)
Gift of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little
Probably New Hampshire (United States)