What a great box for the horse lover! This box came from the wealthy estate of an heir to the famous Texas W. T. Waggoner Ranch – the largest contiguous ranch under one fence in the United States, spanning six counties and comprising 525,000 acres. The ranch, founded in 1849, was used for farming, raising cattle, drilling oil, and breeding quarter horses. So it is obvious that horses were an integral part of this famous ranching dynasty. The lid of the mahogany box has the design of a horse crafted from many tiny pieces of inlaid wood. There is a very small brass lock, but there is no key. The small brass hinges at the back of the box are set into chamfered edges. There is very old, thin paper still fastened to bottom of the box. The box has a warm patina on the outside. The inside is unfinished, but still displays the beautiful mahogany grain. The inside edges of the box have been ebonized. All of these details speak to the quality of the piece. There are rub marks and smudges to the surface, a very small crack on the bottom, and some stains on the inside bottom of the box, but this is to be expected of a piece of this age. The box measures 8 ¼” x 6 ¼” x 4 ½”.
This would be a wonderful addition to a coffee table or study, and would make a great conversation piece. Please contact us if you have any questions.
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