This is an appealing, although plain box of turned treen with very slightly sloping sides and raised treen bands at top and bottom and a pull-off lid with a ball-shaped finial. The interior is plain but one can see the workmanship in the grooves of the turning. On the outside there are the faint striations of the treen and again the base shows the concentric circles where it was turned and a small “pontil-style” indentation in the centre. There is a residue of some printing on the base but this is not readable. There is a lovely patina and a smooth finish. There is one fine crack on the side and some darker staining which may have been original and a tiny hole in one area that does not go through to the interior. Overall, this is a lovely piece of treen and would have been well-used and loved in its role holding the tobacco for a pipe smoker. Height 5.75 ins (14.6cm). Maximum diameter 5 ins (12.7cm). Weight 308 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 170.
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