We have obtained a small box with a hinged lid that is most likely a cigarette case. It is dated 1945 and signed "Austria". We suspect that it might have been made by a U.S. service man at the end of World War II. The body of the case is made from a single piece of wood that has been carefully and skillfully hollowed out. On the hinged lid there is a carved and textured field that has an image of a chamois in the center. The workmanship is excellent, done by somebody who clearly knew his way around carving knives. We believe it might be carved from European black walnut, judging by the color and the grain pattern of the wood. The case measures about 3 1/4 inches by 4 inches, by about 3/4 inches tall. The condition is excellent, and it will certainly start a conversation if you use it to store cigarettes or business cards. If it was ever used for cigarettes, there is no residual tobacco smell. This little box is bound to please you and would make a great stamp box.
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We have lots of artisan jewelry and artisan boxes crafted in our own workshops at Sweetpea Cottage.
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