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Schoolgirl tiger maple box with flower decoration

Schoolgirl tiger maple box with flower decoration

#2055

A Gift to his Mother

This box with floral decoration painted on its sliding lid top is made entirely of highly figured tiger maple and is lined with bright blue paper.

In 1819 Henry, then 22 or 23 years old and the ninth child of Amos and Helen Whittemore, gave this gift to his mother, and its presentation is recorded in pencil on the inside surface of the lid.

The box is finely dovetailed, as would be expected of urban work, and the family lived in the Arlington/Cambridge area outside of Boston. The blue interior was seen on drawer interiors in the Boston area at this time, and the box shape was often used there. 8 x 5 inch top and 1 1/2 inch height. The piece retains its original thin shellac surface.