RARE MID to LATE 19TH CENTURY AME RI CAN FOLK ART, NEW ENGLAND PRIMITIVE ANTIQUE SCHOOLGIRL, DECOUPAGE DECORATED WOODEN BOX, with HINGED LID & FRONT SIDEWALL KEYHOLE & LOCK ASSEMBLY, featuring HAND- CUT PIECES of PERIOD EPHEMERA of CLASSICAL ARCHITECTURE, EXOTIC, FOREIGN LANDSCAPES & EQUESTRIAN THEMED. Mid to late 19th century Ame ri can folk art schoolgirl New England primitive hand decorated, decoupage wooden pine lidded boxes, with cut-out, affixed ephemera. 13" Width x 8 3/4" Depth x 4 Height.Offered for your review and consideration is this very scarce, mid to late 19th century Ame ri can folk art, schoolgirl artifact, found in a rural southern Vermont early estate. It's most likely this decoupage decorated lidded pine box, with a front keyhole and lock assembly, was made prior to the U S Civil War or during the period of the war and up until the mid-1870's.
Southern Vermont was still quite rural and the Connecticut River was largely responsible for the northward flow of mercantile goods to the early Ame ri can settlers and homesteaders, who had made their homes and farms there. This box was discovered west of Brattleboro, Vermont and is a wonderful schoolgirl produced artifact.
Ame ri can schoolgirls would often pursue the decorative arts as a sign of their privileged educational cultivation, piety and good schooling. They would often study penmanship, mono and polychromatic chalk drawing (referred to as sandpaper painting) theorem painting, needlework and other handcrafts.
There's a slight, small episode of ephemera/lacquer loss on the back of the box. A wonderful Ame ri can schoolgirl artifact, now some 150 to 175 years old. Good to Very Good overall antique condition.
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