As you can see from the photos there are losses to the paint in various places, made more visible by the exposure of the underlying white gesso. This box is in its original dry surface with no amendment or alteration that I can see. It does not look to me as if it were ever used for anything except sitting on a surface and being enjoyed for its scenery. Of course, it was found near New England. Thanks for looking into my auctions.
The item "ANTIQUE FOLK ART HAND PAINTED SLIDE-TOP BOX, after RUFUS PORTER GOOD COND. AAFA" is in sale since Monday, October 29, 2018. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Boxes". The seller is "auldstf" and is located in El Cerrito, California.This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica.