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Description Wooden, oval shaped container with removable wooden lid. Container bottom is made from one solid piece of wood approximately .375 inches thick. The "sides" of the container are made of a solid length of wood (.125 inches thick) forming a band that was bent in to an oval shape. There is approximately a three inch overlap of the ends of the band. In this overlap area, 14 evenly spaced holes have been punched vertically in each end section and a small strip of wood(?) is woven through the holes. Evidence of rough and mitered saw cuts appear on the wooden band. The band appears to have been originally attached to the base with metal nails or brads.

Written in black paint on the front of the container is:
C. Anckersen
Oshkosh
St: Vis:
North America
A paper label contains the word "Rope" written in black ink on the reverse near the top of the container. A set of three nails or brads run vertically on the right front portion of the container. One nail or brad and two empty holes indicate the same pattern of nails or brads was present on the left front portion of the container.

Opposite each other on the container are two wooden "fasteners," for securing the lid to the container. Both of these "fasteners" have been split vertically, parallel to their width (like a clothes pin) and positioned over the "sides" of the container. The head of the "fastener" on the left is oval shaped, while the head of the "fastener" on the right is elongated. Both "fasteners" appear to have been originally attached to the container by .250 inch diameter wooden dowels, however, two metal slot head screws have been added to repair the "fastener" devise on the right side of the container; one at the upper portion, which secures the broken "fastener" head together and the other just above the dowel, securing the broken lower portion of the "fastener" to the container.

The lid is also comprised of one solid oval shaped piece of wood that rests atop the container and extends approximately .250 inches over the container "sides". Notches have been cut out at opposite ends of the longest dimension of the lid to accept the "fasteners" devices attached to the container. The notch accepting the "fastener" on the left side of the container is 1.375 inches wide, while the notch accepting the "fastener" on the right side of the container is 1.00 inch wide. The lid also contains a handle which is made from one solid piece of wood. Two triangular shaped holes near the center of the lid accept the ends of the handle. A .375 inch diameter hole is in each end of the handle which may have accepted dowels to secure the handle to the lid.

TINE is the Norwegian, Swedish and Scandinavian term for this artifact, which was used for storing or carrying food, sewing or knitting.

Object presumed to have belonged to Christian Anckersen who emigrated from Denmark to Oshkosh in 1879 (son James' obituary); presumed to have been made in Denmark.

Object later belonged to three sisters, Matilda, Emmeline and Helen Andruskevicz, who all resided in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The sisters had antique stores in Green Bay and in Door County, Wisconsin as well as a gift store also in Green Bay.

*Owned continued: Andruskevicz, Helen
Dimensions H-12.25 W-13.5 L-16 inches
Dimension notes Above length includes fasteners; width is the lid. The lid is .500 inches thick.
Fastener on left:7.375 inches long, 1.250 inches wide; head is 1.625 to 1.875 inches wide and .685 inches thick.
Fastener on right: 7.250 inches high, 1.000 inch wide and 1.125 inches thick. Handle on lid is 4.000 inches long; 2.75 inches high, .750 inches wide and between .125 and .250 inches thick.

Year range to 1879
Material Wood/Metal/Paint
Object ID 2002.85.1
Object Name Box
Place of Origin Denmark
Owned Anckersen, Christian/Andruskevicz, Matilda/Andruskevicz, Emmeline/*
People Anckersen, Christian
Andruskevicz, Matilda
Andruskevicz, Emmeline
Andruskevicz, Helen
Related Publications Oshkosh Public Museum Newsletter, Winter 2005.
Used Anckersen, Christian
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