A charming and unusual old box, this one we think to be a tea caddy or perhaps it was carved to be used as a tobacco box, but it's odor free and clean and would be lovely with tea bags inside, on your breakfast table. Don't you agree? Beautiful late 19th century one, carved with skill and almost entirely intact even after all this time. One of the most appealing old boxes we've had in ages and a unique form and size.
Very good condition for age and type. The bird is magnificent, as you can see in our images and has one tip of a wing missing (visible from backside in our images). There might be a tiny nip to a petal or leaf, but truly the carving is in great shape. Once raised on 4 angled legs, the legs are no longer with the box, but might be replaced even with round ones if you wanted to again raise it a bit. The single flaw to note is that there are just a few very old worm holes here or there. The background patterning also has little punch holes that are part of the patterning, and which are NOT worm holes. Slightly confusing to look at as if those were all worm holes, it would be quite impacted. But they are not. There are just a few, mostly visible outside of the patterned areas of carving. Need to be noted, but it isn't bad and isn't new infestation nor active so has been treated a long long time ago, minimal visual impact and no problem as the wood is solid, fine.
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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