This beautiful old dresser box was used for safe keeping delicate handkerchiefs. The box is made of wood, clad with black celluloid. The top of the lid is decorated in the flowing art nouveau style and tiny flowers along with the word; Handkes. The sides and back are simple and basically plain but there is some scroll work across the front edge. There is an ornate brass clasp on the front and small brass hinges on the back. Inside, both the top and bottom are lined with a gold silk fabric. There are no compartments. The bottom of the box is covered with a decorative paper with a few numbers stamped on it. I believe this is from the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s.
It measures about 5 3/8” square. The lid is sloped so the highest point, the back, measures about 2 7/8” high and it measures about 2 ¼” high at the front. It is in very nice condition with minor wear. The celluloid is in very nice condition with minimal wear or discoloration. The brass clasp was apparently gilded originally but only a trace of the gold remains in the recesses. The fabric is fair with minimal soiling but the silk is tattered along the edges. The paper on the bottom shows wear from more than 100 years of rub and scuff wear.
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