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Carved dresser box
Elegant carved dresser box with
Bible, mirrors, dated 1913
Tramp art wall pocket
Tramp art wall pocket
Inlaid box
Very decorative marquetry box
Hand decorated wood toolbox
Hand decorated wood toolbox
Art Deco dresser box
Layered Art Deco dresser box
Painted tramp art box
Painted tramp art box
made from wood and cardboard
Wooden carrier
Wooden tote with
tree branch handle

Hand decorated wood toolboxThis is a wooden box with bold, folky hand-painted decoration. It has a hinged lid and a metal hasp. The box is painted silver that has aged and oxidized to gray, with black and green decoration on the top. The maker has put the initials of all his family inside a painted boot. There is also an ace of spades, a bird, a Maltese cross, and much more. The paint appears to date from the 1920s or 30s; the box could be older than that. It is 29 3/4" wide by 8 1/2" high by 16 1/2" deep. It is in good, used condition. There is a chip missing from the front edge, some age splits, and minor paint wear. The hasp was replaced before the box was painted. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TRRH.   See a slideshow of several views [744k] ... Painted tool box ... Another view ... Lid open ... Front and back views ... Side views ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tool box ... Another view ... Lid open ... Front and back views ... Side views ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Wooden carrierThis is an interesting old wood "tote". It was primarily made out of crate wood, with a round handle fashioned from a tree branch. The carrier is divided into four sections, each about 4 1/2" square. The entire piece is about 11 1/2" wide by 10 1/2" deep by 20" tall. It was painted an old silver radiator paint, which has weathered over the years. This piece is probably made around the 1930's or 40's, and is in excellent sturdy condition with one long sliver missing from the lower edge. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CPTO.   See a slideshow of several views [539k] ... Wooden carrier tote ... One side ... Two more sides ... The fourth side ... From above ... Closeup of one side ... Closeup, opposite side ... Closeup from above ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle and construction ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wooden carrier tote ... One side ... Two more sides ... From above ... Closeup of one side ... Closeup from above.

Inlaid boxThis is a wonderfully made and very decorative marquetry box with three drawers. Constructed from softwoods and finished with a clear varnish, it is a striking piece. The surface has taken on an excellent rich patina and light crazing. The drawers are made from cheese boxes, one of which has some of the labeling printed inside. There are four glass pulls for the drawers as well as two on the sides for decorative purposes. The box was probably made in the early 20th century and is in extremely good condition with some very slight wear and the replacement of one small trim piece on the left of the large drawer. It is about 15" wide by 10" deep and 10" high. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CSPR.   See a slideshow of several views [985k] ... Inlaid box ... Another angle ... Side view ... Back view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With the drawers open ... Cheese box label inside a drawer ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Inlaid box ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup.

Carved dresser boxThis is an exceptionally nice and unusual handmade, one-of-a-kind dresser piece, with two sections that open for storage. While it has a fraternal look, it may very well have been made for personal use. This piece is made from various woods, two old mirrors, came from Pennsylvania and is dated 1913. The base is plywood while the rest seems to be two or more softwoods. Overall, this construction is about 10 1/4" high. The base is about 5 1/2" by 8" and the legs extend out to 9 1/2" wide by 7" deep. One of the legs has a barely visible crack underneath that was reglued years ago. The very top of the box is decorated with a carved and open book. This has the words Holy Bible spelled with individually carved and applied letters, 3 of which are long gone. The lid opens to reveal a storage area lined with black velvet and a mirror, which has lost much of the silvering. The front of this section has a mirror inserted in a framed portion, the corners of which are carved like supports similar to those which are below. The bottom box also has a hinged top, which opens to reveal a second and smaller storage area. The very top of this box is also relief carved into a decorative form and has the letters "E" and "H" applied - although the "H" is also long gone. The wood seems to have been finished with some stain and a very light varnish or lacquer, and the surface has taken on a very nice and rich patina with fine crazing. While there is a little wear from use and some surface cracks in the plywood this is in overall very good condition and has a wonderful look. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CSPO.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1Mb] ... Carved dresser box ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the lower compartment ... A third closeup ... With lids open ... The mirror inside the lid ... The lower compartment, open ... Inside the upper compartment ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup, back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dresser box ... A different view ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the lower compartment ... Closeup from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art wall pocketThis is a tramp art wall box in very nice black and gold paint. It is built up in two to five layers, and embellished with scalloped edges and a variety of chip carving techniques. Each chip, and all of the edges are carefully highlighted with gold, which stands out against the black background. It is built from crate wood, and measures 11 1/4" high by 7 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The condition is very good, with a couple of very small scuffs on the front and on one side. Age is likely to be from the 1920's to the 40's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSSW.   See a slideshow of several views [326k] ... Tramp art wall pocket ... Side views ... From below ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art wall pocket ... Side views.

Art Deco dresser boxThis is a three drawer Art Deco style dresser box with unusual construction. The front, sides, back, and top are built up from strips of plywood. The strips were turned so that the edges of the layers show, giving an effect similar to inlay or matchstick work. It is also related to the "flat work" style of tramp art, except that the layers are not carved. The initials "M.E.C." are incised and then painted on the top. The back crest is cut out in steps, with incised lines. A mirror is set into the upper back. The box is finished in a light varnish, darkened slightly with age. It was made in the first half of the 20th century, and measures 10 3/4" high by 12" wide by 7 1/2" deep. The condition is excellent with the exception of a sliver missing from the top of the mirror and a little bit of the silvering, as seen in the closeup. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CATP.   See a slideshow of several views [741k] ... Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above ... Drawers open ... Closeup of the mirror ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above.

Painted tramp art boxThis is a colorfully painted tramp art box with a drawer and hinged lid. The construction is unusual. The upper, hinged portion is built around a cardboard cigar box. This was surrounded with 1/2" thick boards at the sides and back to make it taller, a drawer added underneath, then the whole box was decorated with chip-carved wood layers, some in free-form shapes. It was painted in two shades of rose, blue, black, and brown, with each notch highlighted in dull gold. Metal tacks and handles complete the decoration. There is a label inside from a Pennsylvania cigar factory.

The box stands 8 3/4" tall by 11" wide by 6" deep. The condition is fairly good. There is some wear to the edges of the cardboard part, mainly visible in the top corners and the edge just above the drawer. See the photos for details. Also, the hinges have pulled away from the cardboard, so that the lid is only held on by the metal slider inside. It is from the mid-1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CATS.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... Open, from above ... With drawer removed ... The label inside ... Closeup of lid ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges.

 

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