Authentic Victorian India tea box of copper and brass with serving tray
Item # 13955
8½″ high, 11″ wide, 4½″ deep
This is a wonderful Indian tea box that was seventy years old when my client bought it from the antiques department of Macy's San Francisco in December of 1978 as a Christmas present. I have purchased it from the family. The tea box was handmade in India at the turn of the last century. It would have been used to store tea and spices in individual compartments inside. The inside contains a serving tray, and has five tin lined compartments with decorative flower knob lids. One of the compartments is lined with a white plaster like lining. The 8 sided box measures 4½″ high plus handle, 11″ long and 8½″ wide. It weighs six pounds. Inside is also a copy of the San Francisco Chronicle advertising the limited showing at Macy's antique department of their special limited shipment of Indian treasures.
The box contains copper, brass and tin. It has a sticky latch which makes it require two hands to open it, and a replace hinge pin in back. A copper strap across the back has separated but is present. It has dings, dents, aged patina and it is obviously handmade. All of this makes it more precious as an object that was used and loved. I would not consider using it for anything other than display.
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