A beautiful, old small box featuring a paper lithograph image of a lone ship sailing the night seas. The colors are still very nice because this box was kept inside a larger box. The imagery is somewhat dark with swirling, stormy skies above but it makes for wonderful imagination.
Made of thin cardboard and paper this is a genuine antique over 100 years old; there is some wear and a tiny hole on the bottom (please view all the photos for details) but this was one of the boxes kept inside a bigger box, so it's pretty amazing considering the age, despite a few tiny holes on the bottom (someone must have pinned it up, perhaps in a doll house display). Even though it's small, it's big enough that small doll could even be housed inside, or other doll treasures.
These early ephemera boxes are so collected now that reproductions are made but this is a genuine antique of the period, becoming harder to find but when I find them I always grab them up, even if they are not 'perfect' because they are a very rare survivor of a by-gone era and not to be likely found again soon.
It is European in origin, it does not have a paper label anymore but I would guess it is German in origin and is circa late 1800s.
Antique Small Lithograph Box of Abandoned Ship at Night Seas
$25 $45 SALE