A late 18th century box to hold lace bobbins. Inside the lid is a written message: 'This is for Sarah Ann Boon when I die. Mary Boon'. In the box is a collection of bobbins of a later date, but one is inscribed 'Eli Boon'. The box has a lock as the bobbins were considered very precious, but not the key. This is a fantastic and treasured early box, although plain, that was used for a specific purpose. This is confirmed by the emotive message and the contained bobbins. This would be a super item for a lace maker or lace collector. The condition is excellent for age with a beautiful patina. Length 4.25 ins (10.75cm), width 7.5 ins (19cm), depth 3.25 ins (8.25cm). Weight 462 grams. This item was featured in Nerylla Taunton’s book “Antique Needlework Tools and Embroideries” and can also be seen in the book, "Antique Boxes - Inside and Out", on page 303.