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Title:knife box
Date Made:mid 19th century
Type:Food Service
Materials:wood: pine, maple
Place Made:United States; Massachusetts; Deerfield area
Measurements:overall: 4 3/8 x 13 3/8 x 9 in.; 22.86 cm
Accession Number:  HD 68.126
Credit Line:gift of Mrs. Rosalie B. Greene

Rectangular knife box with two compartment; a baluster-turned handle connecting the ends of the scrolled-top middle divider; molded edges on the tops of the four slanted maple sides; and a pine base. The box belonged to Martha Eliza Sheldon (1818-1862), the daughter of Socrates Sheldon (1784-1840), son of Reuben Allen (b.1749) and a miller of many years at the "Meadow Mill" after 1822, who was descended from various Sheldons of Deerfield, Bernardston, and Leydon. Her mother was Experience Allen (b.1783) of Leyden, Mass. Martha married Alonzo Bates (1821-1903) of Deerfield in 1844, and they lived in South Deerfield.

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