This beautiful hand-made box dates from the mid- to late nineteenth century. It has a lightness to the design suggesting earlier rather than later. The box is octagonal in shape with gently curved sides. String inlay decorates the sides and the border of the top. There is a central medallion picturing Classical men taming an unruly horse. Woods used are mohogany, maple, walnut, and others. There is a plain keyhole on the front but no key. The lock is intact. This box measures 8" X 8" X 2 1/2" deep. The original purpose of this box is unclear, but it could be used for many different things; mail, trinkets, handkerchiefs; you may have your own ideas. The workmanship is very fine; the box is simple yet elegant. It is in excellent original condition with the original finish intact. There is no warping or veneer loss. The box is finished on the inside and on the bottom. Its origin is unclear, but it is possibly English.
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