This beautiful small black lacquer wood box in the form of an egg is known as Mauchline Ware. It has a decal on the lid with flowers and reads 'Present From Broadstairs'. In Victorian Times these Scottish made souvenir boxes would be made in an ochre-coloured wood an only occasionally lacquered. A fair lot of these boxes would depict scenes of landmark and sometimes accompanied with a wish or Poem. Mauchline ware boxes were specially popular to store sewing items like needles or as snuff boxes and are very collectable today.
Dimensions are: 7.5 x 5 cm or 2.95 x 1.96"
Weight 24.4 gr or 15.7 penny weight