This charming little snuff box is made of paper mache with an enamel finish. The truncated rectangle measures 3" long, 2.7" wide and .85" tall. A light touch flips open the spring-loaded lid.
We had some trouble getting good photos of this under artificial light so moved it to a sunlit setting and were quite surprised to discover that what we thought was black enameling is actually dark green. All but the last 2 photos were taken under artificial light and we will leave them as they illustrate the color better. The box shows as black under ambient light. The designs were sponged-on in Chinese Red and appear on all exterior surfaces. The interior is enameled in dark brown.
In very nice condition with good hinge and closure. Light scratching and several spots of finish chipping on the lid and here and there. Please use the zoom feature to get a close look at this nice box. Owner etched; "HC" on bottom.
Not marked but probably made in England and dates prior to the adoption of U.S. laws that required imports to be marked with country of origin (McKinley Tariff Act of 1891)
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