Little known fact, I buy stuff too. You know I take pictures of stuff. Because of my blog, you know I build stuff. Now I am admitting I buy stuff. My latest acquisition is this small box I bought on a trip North. It came from my favorite primitives antique shop in Adamstown, PA. The box is around 6″ by 6″ by 11.25″ and looks a lot like this:
Being a box I bought, it is dovetailed:
The bottom view leads me to believe that it was screwed down to another surface. The bottom is unfinished and has three strategically placed presumed screw holes.
A closer view shows that the bottom is attached with cut nails.
Now, we can take off the door
Behind the door is this view:
I believe these notches provide clearance for screw heads attaching this box to something else. If you look at the insert, you see that the notches were installed and not the results of wear.
Back to the front view, you see that a mortise and notch on the right make me think that there was a different lock in a different location: Was the lock on the right in the past? Note the dado for the drawer bottom. Let’s extract the insert and take a look.
this box was maid
by J W Harrison 1863
on the left
I can’t make out the last few words in the last line. No spell/word check on the pencil.
Let’s look at the left side:
There had been something nailed in the recess on the left of the case. I speculate it was a thin, arched slip of wood that acted as a latch retaining the insert until:
But wait, there are more views of the insert to be seen:
Seems they had a nail bend at the back of the drawer during assembly.
There are other seemingly random holes in the case that might have a use I’m not smart or experienced enough to understand. I’ll keep working on it.
And that’s my new box. So, there…