I bought a small crudely made dovetailed box with sliding lid at a consignment shop in Matthew Court House, Matthews County, Virginia. The following inscription is on the lid of the box:
"Box made by Henry L (the letter looks like an L) Abbot / at Coles (Cole's?) Beverly prior to 1846 some years / contains trinkets old letters_____(last word not clear)"
The box is made of unfinished white pine. I am curious about the Abbot who made it. Perhaps your research will turn up some additional information.
R. Scott Krejci, Urbanna, Virginia 804-758-0789