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Antique Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

Circa 1814-1822: This wonderful paint decorated folk art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society is a rare and unusual slice of 19th century history. According to Wikipedia, "The Linnaean Society of New England...was established in Boston, Massachusetts, to promote natural history. The societry organized a natural history museum and also arranged lectures and excursions for its members." This budget box would have been used to store monetary donations to the society. The society was named after Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the father of modern taxonomy, who formalized binomial nomenclature, the system for scientifically naming all living organisms. Highlights of this unique piece of American folk art include whimisical decorative lettering. We also love the unusual sliding lid with its hand carved finger notches and its original three color paint scheme. The box measures 9 1/4"L, 5 1/2"D, and 3 3/4" H.

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

19th Century American Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

Original Folk Art Budget Box of The Linnaean Literary Society

For Sale: $1,250

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