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Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes

Late 19th C Philips’ Seeds Boxes


I am pleased to be able to offer 3 Philips’ Seeds Store Counter Boxes that were recently purchased from a dealer who had purchased them directly out of the Phillips’ estate.

Phillips Seed Company was established in Mercersburg, PA in the late 19th C.
These boxes were given to shop keepers to display the seed packets.  The storekeepers would save these boxes from year to year to display the seed packets.  Each year they were given new labels to affix to the box fronts and interiors.  Some shopkeepers peeled the old ones off while others simply applied the new label over the old.  This method is apparent on Box # 1 as you can see a bit of the old label peering out from underneath in the lower right hand corner.

Box # 1:  Pine with red wash; Measures 8 inches long by 4 inches high by 4 ½ inches deep.  Evidence of an older label seen under label that shows; Interior label is in very good condition.  Compartment dividers may have been replaced, but they are old replacements
Price: SOLD

Box #2: Pine with red wash; Measures 8 by 4 by 4 ½ inches.  Exterior label in very good condition, interior label is excellent.  Interior of box is very good; old split in wood near left hinge (does not impact on lid closure); interior re-adapted for 2 packs in stead of 3 (done a long ago, probably as seed packets changed in size.
Price: SOLD

Box #3: Smallest and my favorite; possibly a bit older than the first two.  Pine; measures 7 inches long by 3 inches high by 3 ¼ inches deep.  Labels on both inside and outside of box in excellent condition.  Interior condition is excellent; compartment divider replaced a long tine ago.
Price: SOLD

While the box labels are not filled with chromolithographs of flowers and vegetables, I think it is their humble and simple labels that make them very special and a bit different than the other boxes.  All the information you need is contained on those labels: Name of company, types of seeds and price.  Very straightforward.

These are a must-have for any garden collector.



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Personal checks, money orders, cashiers checks. Personal checks require a 7 business day bank clearance period. Unless prior arrangements have been made, payment must be received within 7 days or item will be re-offered for sale.

I guarantee all items to be as described. I try to be as thorough and meticulous in my descriptions as possible, and will gladly send additional photos as well as answer any questions about a piece in order to avoid return of merchandise.

In the event there is a discrepancy with respect to an item's representation, I must be notified within 48 hours of receipt of the piece. Upon notification, and my approval, the item must be returned within 7 days in the condition it was received in order to receive a refund less shipping and insurance.

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