This is a very interesting "book box," or a box fashioned to look like a book, and used for storage. This one is large, measuring 6 and 3/4 inches North to South, and 4 inches East to West. It is 2 and 1/4 inches thick. It is crafted of beautiful, light, English Oak, and it is in excellent condition. The English dealer from whom I bought it just called it a "Collecting Box." It looks like a box for collecting money, or a bank, to me.
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Antique English smalls of quality
Specializing in Georgian and Victorian jewelry, English smalls, including leather bound books, silver etc.