They called it a 19th century Yellow Pine Lidded Storage Box. Accurate but not the whole story.

The local auction a few days back was a bit of a disappointment. I had high hopes for the other auction house at their Friday night auction. Unfortunately, this week, theirs wasn’t much better. At least from my perspective. Some might be thrilled.

Only a few things of interest. There is this one piece that defied an easy explanation. It is a yellow pine lidded storage box. But why does it take this form? I want to know the rest of the story. Let’s start with a look at the box in question.

Yellow pine lidded storage box, or is it?

Yellow pine lidded storage box, or is it?

Note the staple(?) on the side near the bottom. There is one on the other side as well. Was this an attachment point?

Here is the lidded part.

The lid, no hinges. Two battens hold the lid in place.

The lid, no hinges. Two battens hold the lid in place.

With a forged hasp.

Hand forged hasp. Can't order this one from a catalog.

Hand forged hasp. Can’t order this one from a catalog.

This view let’s you see the kerfed and rounded end. (Kerfing is placing a series of parallel saw cuts on the back of a board to allow it to bend.

Kerfed board wrapping the round end. Lots of nails.

Kerfed board wrapping the round end. Lots of nails.

Full 3/4" sides wrapped with 1/4" to 3/8" wood.

Full 3/4″ sides wrapped with 1/4″ to 3/8″ wood.

This interior view really shows the kerf cuts.

See the kerfs?  Makes bending without heat possible.

See the kerfs? Makes bending without heat possible.

And we need the top view.

The top view. Lots of nails.

The top view. Lots of nails.

Let me throw in this bonus tilt-top table. It is a full table and not a candle stand.

A bit rough but serviceable.

A bit rough but serviceable.

What makes this one interesting is the feet.

Would you call it a stylized talon? Click for an alternate view.

Would you call it a stylized talon? Click for an alternate view.

And the obligatory dovetail shot.

Less than satisfying. Might be machine cut

Less than satisfying. Might be machine cut

Not my favorite ever.