This is just the sweetest little box, made to hold snuff. It is in its original darkest green / black finish which we believe is lacquer but may be papier mache (we are NOT papier mache or snuff box experts!) . A dark red circle around the top frames an inner circle in which a flower and leaf design is hand painted.
SIZE is a tiny 2-1/2 inches across and 7/8 inch tall.
CONDITION: Secure and tight, with NO cracks or splits. Note, a few minuscule tiny pin-point size light (not really white) dots show here and there - we did not try to remove them.
TOP: There are light marks from age and use that are hard to see on the decorated top unless you tilt it in bright light.
SIDE: On the edge of the lid there is one long flake where the finish has chipped off to the underlying wood - the only issue on the side. There is one "hairline" mark that is a tightest possible line in the finish - it is NOT A CRACK - it is where the ends of the delicate strip of wood that was bent into a circle forming the lid come together.
BOTTOM: On the bottom outside, is a chipped area where the paint has flaked off to the underlying wood.
INSIDE: There is light paint flaking expected in the places where the lid rubs against the bottom part when the box is opened or closed; and some paint flaking around the outer edges of the bottom, apparently from users removing snuff.
This is so attractive - handled carefully, it would make a lovely little dresser box to hold small jewelry and other tiny treasures -- or just a pretty display.
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Antique Snuff Box in Old Darkest Green / Black with Painted Flower Decoration
$59 $125 REDUCED