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Miniature Tin Document Box - Mid 1800's - For Display with Larger Doll
This charming little tin box measures a mere 2 7/8" wide, 2" deep and 1 7/8" tall. Entirely hand crafted and exactly like the larger examples with cunningly folded edges, pin-hinged lid with small bale handle and a hasp and latch closure to accept a padlock.
In excellent structural condition with no tears in the metal and functioning hinge and clasp. The enameled finish has much wear which makes it difficult to imagine what it looked like originally. The sides and half the lid are rust-colored while the other half of the lid is a lighter yellow or tan color. Also much loss on the interior blue-gray paint. Please use the photos as further illustration of structure and condition.
These boxes were made in America in the early to mid 19th Century, before the age of mass-production. Made by tinsmiths or 'tinkers', the boxes were used for the storage of documents and other valuables.
We imagine that this little box was made on a whim or, perhaps, specifically as a doll accessory.
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