This is a museum quality Norwegian bentwood box, or tine. It is large and well painted. The measurements are 12 ½ inches long, 6 ½ inches tall, and 8 3/8 inches wide. It is beautifully painted with a Telemark style of rosemaling in shades of blue and gold, all painted on a brick-red ground. On one side there is a set of initials that look like “S G M” and on the other side it is painted “Anno 1867”. There are two very nice intact rows of root lacing on one side. The lid has a brass wire handle. The condition of the box is very good with only minor damage. Along the base on one side and end there is a strip of missing wood 1/4 inch wide that split along the length of the wood grain. On both ends there are 2 sets of early staples that were added to strengthen the integrity of the vertical end posts. Shrinkage of the wood over 150+ years has caused the bottom to pull away slightly from the sides. Overall, the box is structurally solid and has not suffered for the issues described. This is a marvelous box that came from an estate in Norway. It is worthy of being the premier item in a collection of Norwegian folk art.
This box is usable for storage and will display nicely. If you have a Viking in your family, then this box would be a very worthy gift. Pieces like this seldom come to market outside of Norway and need to be obtained as soon as they are available.