This is a very special slide lid box. First, the size is wonderfully small - 7" long, 3 3/8" wide and 3" tall. Second, the red color is original and dramatic. And third, it has the most inventive hand carved toggle catch to hold the slide lid in place when it is closed.
It is rare to find pieces like this that combine unique size, good design, original surface and unique features.
Condition is excellent. The surface is original with minor areas of paint loss consistent with age. The visible nails on the bottom are 19th Century cut nails confirming a 19th Century age.