Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Old Pencil Box
I recently picked up this old pencil box, because I like old things, boxes, pencils (don't get me started on the Dixon Ticonderoga 1388...) and mysteries. This box is a mix of all four. What really struck me was how similar it was to Roy Underhill's grease box.
The sliding dovetail lid reveals a upper storage compartment:
It also unlocks the pivoting mechanism allowing the lower compartment to be reached:
On the underside of the swinging section I found a date - cool!
And it's easy to see where some past owner or owners checked their spelling and arithmetic:
Here's the mystery. The bottom isn't really the bottom. It has a full length dovetail that connected something else to this box. What was it? Another level with more storage? Has anyone seen a more complete version?
For one of my next projects, I'm going to try to make a reproduction of this box, but I'm not sure what to do about the missing section(s). Any ideas?