Friday, October 16, 2009
I'm calling this a squirrel coffin because of its size — 17.6 inches long. Its real purpose is unknown, but maybe it's just an example of construction merrymaking. The box, rough wood with crude incised decoration and carrying handles on both sides, was built by an eccentric Polish-American from Shamokin, Pa. He made a number of oddball items, including a zany cuckoo clock. The lid is attached by twisted wire.