Miniature scribe decorated sea chest with copper tack construction and featuring a decorated exterior showing a schooner, compass stars and a Federal house. Signed on the interior “M.E. W.L. 1845”.
American, dated 1845.
Maple with copper tack construction.
Why is it special? The use of copper tacks suggests this miniature sea chest was made aboard a sailing ship by a sailor, where copper tacks were used to secure the planking to the hull.