Fixing a mistake revisited

Hi all.

Ah, remember back to my post on November 27, 2014 when we discussed the triangular carving found on a lid?  Good times!

I just found another mysterious triangle on a lid on a box for sale on e-bay.  Here it is…

carved lid

What in the world?  Don’t you think this has to be a box that was branded and then carved clean?  This one, different than the one found previously was not re-branded but yet was distributed.  This is for sure a Short box but there is no Lane identifying marks…

Curious, don’t you think?

Until next time…

Chad

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One thought on “Fixing a mistake revisited

  1. Hi Chad,

    Thanks for all of your hard work and the interesting information on the boxes in the Lane Girl Graduate Program. I too have an interest in these boxes but I’m not nearly as dedicated as you! My interest comes from previously owning a furniture store and giving away about five hundred of the boxes during the 1990’s and from having a hobby of woodworking with a special interest in small boxes.

    Unfortunately, I don’t have any of the boxes like the ones that we gave away but I do have an older box and some information that might be helpful. First, as you correctly stated furniture stores that gave away the boxes had to purchase the boxes from Lane and, of course, only Lane dealers were eligible to purchase the boxes. Additionally, there was an additional cost to get the furniture company’s name or other information printed inside and you could order boxes without any imprinting. That would explain why some had imprinting and some did not. In the 90’s furniture companies generally could not order the boxes unless you participated in the Girl Graduate Program and that entailed having to purchase a certain number of full sizes cedar chests and stock a certain number of models on your sales floor. Also, the boxes were not available for purchase at other times of the year. Furniture stores could order additional boxes during the time of the program and sell them separately from the Girl Graduate Program. If I remember correctly, they sold for about $10-20 dollars and cost somewhere between $5-10 each.

    Secondly, I do have a box that belonged to my Aunt Allison. She graduated from Williamsburg High School near Andrews, SC, in 1941 but I don’t think that is when she got her box. Her box is stamped with “Weaver Furniture Co.” in the lid. Weaver Furniture was located in Florence, SC, which is about 60 miles away and in a different county. Thus, it is not likely that they would have provided boxes to the graduates from her school. Shortly after graduation, Allison moved to Florence to attend nursing school at McLeod Hospital. She was in Florence for about two years while she was in nursing school. I don’t know if she was given the box upon graduation from the nursing school. That’s possible, I suppose, given the Lane Company’s patriotic emphasis during WWII and this being a nursing school. I do know that it is highly unlikely that she would have had any extra money for such a purchase.

    Her box measures 9-1/16” wide by 4-3/8” deep by 3-7/8” high not counting the felt feet on the bottom. These measurements were carefully made from the flat surfaces. The logo is the same double lined logo inside the fluted corner box on your November 27, 2014 post. The box has a flat top with a rounded top edge and four rounded vertical corners. The bottom edge has a different rounded profile. The four felt cushions on the bottom are partially recessed into round spaces. The opening for the key is chrome. The hinges are surface mounted and are pressed into the wood – no nails or screws – and are made so that the lid stays open at about 135 degrees from its closed position. A paper label was attached to the bottom but most of it has been torn away over the years.

    I hope this information is helpful. If you will send me your email address, I will be glad to send you some photos. If you have any information that would help date this box and whether it fits nicely into your chronology or seems to be an outlier, I’d be glad to know it.

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