Spice Box

Date: ca. 1850

The lid on this spice box slides open to reveal six compartments inside. The design and the two initials on the box are example of the sulfur inlay. To make this inlay, the artist first carved the pattern into the wood. Then he or she poured a melted sulfur mix into the carving. After the sulfur dried in a few minutes, the artist scraped it down flush with the wood.

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Medium: Wood (Walnut), Sulfur

Inscriptions: Marked “L B”

Dimensions: H:2 3/10 x W: 8 1/5 x D: 5 1/10 in.

Place: Shenandoah County, Virginia

Accession: 2001.0013.437

Collection: Shenandoah Valley Collection

Category: Folk Art

Tags: Box , Spice: Flower

Purchased in 2001.