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1821 Spice Box

Year: 1800-1850

Weight:5 lbs


Excellent example of an American salt and spice box with tombstone shaped back ,over 15" high, 8 1/2" wide, 7 1/2" deep. Carved on the lid are the date 1821 and the word Tinder. This piece came from Kentucky. I did a quick search for the surname Tinder and to my suprise found numerous Timber famlies in the Mid-West even though we all accociate the word with wood it doesn`t make sense to have Tinder carved into a spice box. Note the backwards letter N either carved in later or the maker didn't have much schooling. I think the primary wood is a species of Walnut. Photos show the construction and the warm very old refinished surface.