Federal Grain Paint Pine Sewing Box

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ancy basswood paint decorated box with yellow sponge pattern exterior and vibrant pink and green wallpaper interior.
New England, possibly Vermont, or New York State, 1800 – 1825.
Basswood construction throughout.

Why do we love it?  For anyone who might think our ancestors shied away from bold color, the hot pink and green wallpaper interior demonstrates otherwise.  This is one bold and gutsy box, inside and out.