Possibly made in Medfield, Massachusetts, United States; Possibly made in Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
White oak, red oak, yellow pine
9 1/2 x 26 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (24.1 x 67.6 x 39.4 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Russell Sage, 1909
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708
Small, rectangular oak boxes with hinged lids were common in seventeenth-century households, where they held important items such as documents, writing implements, books, jewelry, and currency. Like chests with carved decoration, boxes displayed a vocabulary of stylized plant forms and simple geometric shapes. Foliated S-scrolls, as single elements or paired—as on the front of this box and the sides of the cabinet to its right—were widely used.
Inscription: carved on the center front: M H.
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]