I found a box at a local antique store with the name of the original owner, her age, and 1950 written on the lid. So, I am confident this particular box has an age of about 64 years old. Therefore, I would like to say boxes with similar details may have been made around the same time. I also have a box from my mother that I can date real well (around 1963) and it is different than 1950 – which is good.
At this point I am tracking the following features of the boxes in order to maybe put together a chronology of when they were made:
Size – short or tall
Key hole escutcheon – chrome, satin, dark
Key hole size – large and small
Key – it appears older ones are round, newer are pressed flat metal
Hinges – all are the same at this point except one I have found has inset type
Logo brand – I have found 3 different Lane logos so far
Bottom – some have inset holes for the felt pads, some don’t.
Overall design – Square corners, fluted corners, wood “feet”
Joinery appears very similar so far
I am assuming all had paper labels on the bottom – all of mine are the same at this time
Anything else you can think of? Leave me a comment.
As I said before, I will be posting photos and details of the above when I learn how to do so. Sorry, 47 year old guy with his first blog…thanks for your patience.