This item is a HAND CARVED BLACK FOREST POSTAL BOX with BIRD DECORATION. I hate to use the overused term "rare" but I do think it applies in this case. The box features a working lock and key, a glass door with scalloped wood decoration and a bird feature on the top plus a slot for depositing letters. The box is in excellent condition particularly the bird decoration. There are a few old age cracks in the box which are typical of its age. Someone has written "crested lark" in pencil on the back and my google search seems to confirm that. The box measures 9 1/4" by 8" and a total of 15" to the top of the bird. The door opens downward to allow access to the contents.
This is a highly unusual piece and I would think a welcome addition to a Black Forest collection.
Black Forest Postal Box with Working Lock