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condition: good
make / manufacturer: unknown
model name / number: 2600
size / dimensions: 15 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 5 inches

This children’s tool box from over a hundred years ago is exceptionally neat for several reasons.

First, these boxes were originally made in chestnut (which I think is the wood used for this one) because it wouldn’t warp. This box is beautifully straight. In the early 1900s, manufacturers of these boxes began to use pine, which is cheaper, and usually warped after a while. The wood is in great shape for being a century old with tongue-in-groove joints.

The coolest feature of this box is the lithographed art on the inside of the box. The artwork features men (and children helping) working with very old tools. Everyone is pictured in late 1800s working man’s clothing. There’s a very slight mark on the graphic, but it has absolutely no effect on the artwork.
The hinges work very well and the box has some character with a few small wormholes in the back (typical of chestnut).

The box is 15 1/2 inches long, 7 1/2 inches wide, and 5 inches high. It’s a great size to store items, but I used it as a display by propping up the inside of the box against the wall. The artwork gives us a great glimpse into the dress and tools of the late 1800s, early 1900s.
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