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18th-Century Safe Deposit Box
by Bob Brooke

 

Many people take safe deposit boxes for granted today. But in the 18th and early 19th centuries, they didnít exist, so people had to store their valuable documentsĖbills of sale, certificates, etc.--in small, locked wooden boxes which ranged in size from 5 to 12 inches long and from 4 to 5 inches wide. Most were made of pine covered in leather, such as this one, or painted or stained. This American-made domed box, from the authorís collection, has a stamped brown leather exterior with tiny flower design, attached with brass nails. Itís top is attached with leather hinges. Itís interior is covered with paper decorated in a blue diamond pattern. Due to a some minor leather repair on the rear of the box and a replaced handle, the value of the box is between $500 and $600.

 

 

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