CALEB W. HEATH (NEW HAMPSHIRE AND MASSACHUSETTS, 1835-1875) PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR SIGN PAINTER'S BOX, decoration featuring landscape vignettes in oval reserves. Interior of lid inscribed "Caleb W. Heath / Painter". Retains original hardware, carrying handle, and paint-decorated surface. Third quarter 19th century. 11" H, 16" W, 8 3/4" D. Provenance: Property from the estate of John R. Salak, Amissville, VA. Catalogue Note: Caleb. W. Heath (1835-1875), born in New Hampshire, spent most of his adult life in Lawrence, Massachusetts working as a sign and house painter. He enlisted in the Union Army on July 1, 1863 at Lawrence with the designated occupation of painter. Again, in the 1865 Massachusetts State Census, he is listed as a painter living and working in Lawrence. An Antiques Journal article from May 2012, illustrates and discusses a blacksmith's trade sign (owned by Austin Miller) that is signed and dated by Heath. The present lot would have been a critical tool in Caleb Heath's professional life, and its decoration and bold signature seem to signify a sense of pride in the young artist.
Very good condition overall with minor areas of wear to paint-decorated surface.