This listing is for an antique 19th Century Cast Brass or Bronze Ornamental Betel Nut Box.
Based on my research, I suspect this item was made in the Philippines and it has a wonderful 'Filigree' and 'button' decoration on it.
This item was recently purchased from an estate.
MATERIAL: Brass or Bronze
SIGNED: No marks that I can find.
DIMENSIONS: Just the main box (NOT Including the handles) is about 6 3/8" x 3 5/8" and about 2 11/16" tall outside dimensions.
(give or take a bit)
WEIGHT: 826.5 grams
CONDITION: This item is in Vintage condition .
There are several holes in the metal, as well as cracks, hairlines, dings, splits, dents, scratches etc.
There are areas that appear to be repairs on this item (possibly repaired by those who made the box originally) -see images as well as a great deal of corrosion, discoloration, patina, tarnish etc. on the metal.
The metal has porosity and open areas --see when it is held to the light.
The handles are bent/mis-shaped etc. as well.
This item has several signs of age/wear and use.
Please see images to get a closer look at this items condition.