Porter, a prolific wall muralist among many other things. Indeed this may be his work or the work of his shop.
Porters work will suggest the design of this box. This box is constructed of clear straight grain pine. The inside is clean as is the bottom which may display the dual brush stroke of the particular painter who created it. 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 22, 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.