This is a charming basically rectangular tole box with slightly scalloped sides which is paint-decorated with a beautiful scarlet and green bird, flowers and gilt scrolls. It has a lock and escutcheon but no key and is currently paper-lined. This box was most likely originally for tea or possibly sugar with the addition of a lock but could currently be easily used as a small jewellery box. The tole does show some wear consistent with age, especially at the edges but the overall painting still remains remarkably fresh. This would be a lovely item, most likely Americana, to use or to add to a collection of decorative tole pieces. Length 6 ins (15cm), width 4 ins (10cm), height 3.25 ins (8.25cm). Weight 252 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 62. Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $54.00 USD. This item is covered by own insurance policy.
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