Early-Mid 1800s Primitive Alamance County Pie Safe


A wonderful early-to-mid 1800s, 6-tin primitive oak pie safe that hails from Alamance County, North Carolina. It can be used for storing any number of things, but in its day this safe was used on a family farm for cooling pies as well as storing milk from the cows! Massive in appearance, it is completely original as far as we can ascertain. Dimensions: 56.5″ in height by 47″ in length by 20.5″ deep. Two-plank top is 22″ wide is jointed and has bowed over time, but planks are still rock solid! Two drawers on top with a pair of lower doors with hand-punched tin in a wonderful spiral or pinwheel pattern. Inside there are 2 shelves, hence, 6 cubby spaces total. The top sides of the safe on both ends have a thick tin piece inset with a cut-out “porthole” with a screen and we are told that on this top shelf the milk was kept. Clothespin legs all around and constructed with hand-forged nails and wooden pegs. Mortice and tenon front doors. Coolest thing about this piece is that it was treated with the juice of pokeweed, a plant native to NC. Pokeweed juice was used in the early days to stain and treat the wood much like as a preservative and it was a deep magenta in color. Over the years this has turned the wood on the safe a deep, dark reddish brown. The safe has been lightly cleaned with a light solution of water and Murphy's Wood Soap after which a very, very light coat of Flag's toluene-free paste wax has been applied. A historic, heirloom piece for another 200 years! $1840.