Folk Art

Late 16th to Early 17th Century Chip Carved Box
  • Another box from our collection, this little box is a bit smaller than the other listed box. This one has four carved feet, each with a scalloped skirt for added interest to the sides. Even top edges of the box were chip-carved as was one end of the box. On the other end are carved symbols of what might be a Runic inscription. Runes are the letters of similar alphabets (called Runic alphabets) that were used to write various Germanic languages before the adoption of the Latin alphabet. After medieval times, Runic symbols continued to be used for special purposes such as charms, jewelry and memorial inscriptions. The little box has lots of class with it’s shaped slide top, carved decoration and the shaped feet. One of the top edges became damaged so that one of its many owners added a strip of wood to help hold the slide top. The addition has been there long enough to have developed a good patina and it was hammered with early European nails with rough tops. Those nails have good oxidation in the wood. The top edge of the other side has a bit of wood loss and the top really needs to be balanced and left alone to stay on the box. Luckily, it all looks so wonderful that you can simply lean the top on the inside of the box for a great look. This ancient box measures 31/2" tall x 2 7/8" wide x 5 3/8" long. We think the heavy wear of the box enhances its intrinsic value. However, we have provided lots of pictures so you can assess its value to you. Likely from Northern Europe.

    Inv. #3509    $395