Thomaston, Maine State Prison, Vintage Hand Carved / Crafted, Ship Motif, Display Box, Jewelry Box, Trinket Box, Valet Box. This awesome wood box is totally hand craved and crafted and was made by a Prisoner at the Thomaston Maine State Prison, Route 1 in Maine. It measures approximately 15 inches in length and 7 inches in width 3 1/2 inches in height. It is divided in the interior and lined with a blue fabric felt like material, hindged lid design. It is in very good to excellent Vintage condition, no chips, cracks, breaks, repairs, etc....no noted damage. It does appear that on the base two of the four original wood feet are missing, but the box does sit level and doesn't wabble. The pieces could easily be replaced or the other two present can be removed if preferred. This is such a great piece with a back story. I was told when I aquired it where it was originally purchased, the Thomaston prison mates have a work shop in which they make items such as this and are then displayed in a gift store for sale. They still do this FYI is the link for further information: http://www.maine.gov/corrections/industries/mspT.htm.
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