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.