This vintage artisan crafted box features inlaid abalone shell tiles on the exterior. The tiles have various sizes and have been set closely together. As seen in the accompanying photographs the tiles are beautifully patterned and exhibit silvery iridescence, with some having blue and green undertones. The hinged lid lifts to reveal a wood lined interior. The underside of the box is finished with 4 low profile feet.
The box is in very good condition with no missing tiles and the hinged lid is fully functional. As a natural material, it should be noted that there are irregularities in the shell tiles related to their formation which is noted for accuracy. In addition, the box shows normal signs of age consisting of some minor tarnish/scratching to the Alpaca which is also noted in the interests of thoroughness. The box measures 4.125" by 2.875" at the lid and stands 0.875" tall. The 6.5oz piece is unmarked other than the number "72" which has been lightly etched on the underside inside 2 of the corners.
This classic abalone mosaic box displays beautifully and is perfect for storing small treasures. A lovely and useful vintage find!
Vintage Inlaid Abalone Tile Lidded Trinket Jewelry Box with Wood Lined Interior