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Oval box

New England



4 in x 10-5/8 in x 7-3/8 in


White pine (top and bottom), maple (sides)

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, gift of H. Rodney Sharp

Accession Number



Ex coll. H. Rodney Sharp


The "three-fingered" lidded box is made with a thin piece of maple bent around a thicker white pine piece of wood and attached with small iron nails, called sprigs.  Copper rivets hold the overlapping fingers in place.  The lid is made in the same fashion.  No evidence of other paint below the present green paint has been detected.

Boxes of this type were made by Shakers and likely others, since these containers were useful for all sorts of purposes.