Fine Old Haida or Tlingit Bentwood Storage Box 19th Century

$2,750 USD

A fine old Northwest Coast Haida, Tlingit or Tsimshian bentwood storage box dating from the 1800’s. This was a box made for everyday use and was never painted with formline designs. The bentwood box was a highly specialized skill on the Northwest Coast, a straight piece of cedar was kerfed and steam bent with the final end pegged or nailed  into place, then a grooved bottom was fitted on using pegs as well. A form fitting lid completed these boxes water tight boxes that served numerous uses. Many of the original lids ended up in the fire on cold days, so many of them are missing. This example retains its original old lid. A great example of Native ingenuity. A museum quality specimen

Weight 5.0 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 × 17.25 × 12.25 in
Item Location

Canada

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A fine old Northwest Coast Haida, Tlingit or Tsimshian bentwood storage box dating from the 1800’s. This was a box made for everyday use and was never painted with formline designs. The bentwood box was a highly specialized skill on the Northwest Coast, a straight piece of cedar was kerfed and steam bent with the final end pegged or nailed  into place, then a grooved bottom was fitted on using pegs as well. A form fitting lid completed these boxes water tight boxes that served numerous uses. Many of the original lids ended up in the fire on cold days, so many of them are missing. This example retains its original old lid. A great example of Native ingenuity. A museum quality specimen

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Weight 5.0 lbs
Dimensions 18.5 × 17.25 × 12.25 in
Item Location

Canada

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