A nice metal document box measuring about 8" long, 4 1/2" deep and 5" high. Dating to the 19th century and probably made in America, these boxes were used to hold valuables and important documents. The hasp and latch closure was designed to accept a padlock.
Lots of nice paint left on this example. The dark green is trimmed with several mustard yellow stripes around the body and a wider gold stripe on the top that follows the contour of the lid embossing. The green is slightly darker than the photos show, the last picture is a truer representation of the color. The bale handle and latch are intact and in nice condition while the metal on one of the hinges has split. Fortunately, this does not affect the functioning of the lid and the only evidence is the uneven gap in the lid line and the loss of paint on the hinge.
The box is square and structurally sound with shallow denting and paint chipping. We have shown each surface in our photos; please use them to further illustrate the condition and feel free to request more.