Lot of two inlaid folk art boxes. 1st Item: Elaborately inlaid box in the shape of a book, pull out drawer. Top with inlaid radiating multipoint star with circles at each star point, multi diamond inlaid border with quarter fan inlaid diamonds at corners. Three inlaid six pointed stars on interior. Primary woods walnut, cherry. Secondary woods poplar, white pine. Note within box states box was given to Gordan F. Hosteller from John R. Kirsch. Also states Austin Johnson was foreman of Carpentry Dept. at Missouri Penitentiary around 1900. Another card within states the box was acquired by Mr. Thom, a 2nd lieutenant in the Federal Army during the Civil War. Thom gave the box to Mrs. Bess Steadman,his daughter. Consigner's family acquired it from Mrs. Steadman in 1959. 10 3/8" x 13 1/4" x 3 1/4". Circa 1900. 2nd item: Small wood box with alternating bands of cherry and walnut wood. Lift top. Interior note states box was made by Jake Kaufman who married consignor's great grandmother's sister, Nancy Lowe. 8" x 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Circa 1900. Condition: Excellent condition.
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