This Harmony Kingdom Treasure Jest box is called "Whale of a Time." According to Harmony Kingdom Internet site, here's the description of the secrets associated with this box: "The whales are breaching the waves, one carrying Peter’s mouse in its fin. Near the mouse is a corked bottle with a message from a lost sailor. Inside the box is a mermaid, playing the harp. There are no inscriptions. Hallmarks include ©, diamond, HBC logo, ed.#, and Pc."
The box was originally carved by master carver Peter Calvesbert in 1996 and released on 1/1/1997. It was retired on 10/1/1998, with an edition size of 15299. The dimensions of the piece are 2.36 x 1.93 x 2.52 inches. The model number is TJWH2. The box figurine is in excellent condition, but unfortunately does not come with the original box or insert. It does have the paper label on the underside. This Treasure Jest box can be found in the 9th Edition Price Guide to Contemporary Collectibles and Limited Editions, p 386.
The UK based Harmony Kingdom began making the Treasure Jest boxes in the early 1990's. They have quickly become highly collectible. The boxes are intricate carvings by master artists made of crushed marble and resin to resemble antique ivory. The Treasure Jests are a humorous line often with secret images or markings that have meaning to artist's life.
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