This lovely and most unusual box was bought at an estate sale..The current owner said it belonged to one of his relatives, but he knew nothing more. The box itself, measuring 4 1/2" by 3 1/2" and has an allover reposee design reminiscent of Middle Eastern or Far Eastern design. It is hallmarked KAK 96 SILVER. (960 silver is a higher grade than U.S. sterling, which is 925 (92.5% silver). The center of the box cover has a design that is on the Turkish flag - a star and a crescent, with a gilt finish. This is surrounded by some type of branch. A Turkish box? Perhaps.
The hinged cover opens to reveal a wood lining, and may have been intended for cigarettes. Inside we found a small yellowed envelope addressed to a Sgt. Jerry Markley. Inside the envelope was a card with an embossed symbol. It reads, "With Compliments from the Government of India." Written on the bottom of the card, New Delhi, India. The paper looks to be from the 1940's or 50's. Also found within the box was an ancient looking coin which I am including, with a horse, done in silver colored metal. It says COPY. The box weighs 6.96 ozt., so allowing for the light wood lining, probably contains about 5.5 ozt. of silver
How wonderful to find a piece of Indian history, maybe given to a G.I., for who knows what. The box itself is just beautiful and would be a wonderful addition to your home as well as a conversation piece. It is in wonderful vintage condition.
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