Early Tortoise Shell Box
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Directory: Archives: Decorative Art: Handiwork: Pre 1837 VR: item # 777226
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Sally Rude Antiques and Fine Art Gallery
At Toscoga Antiques Market
Thomasville, Georgia 31792
|This is a very small and charming tortoiseshell box that I would date to the early 19th century. The top is tortoiseshell with metal stringing in the corners. The front and back sides of the box are a lighter color tortoiseshell, and the two end sides are a darker more mottled variety of tortoiseshell. The box is raised on little white ball feet that appear to be porcelain. There is a tiny brass knob in the front that attaches to an interior locking sort of mechanism, but I cannot imagine being able to twist a knob that small with your fingers so, perhaps that is not it's purpose. The interior of the box is lined with dark red paper that is embossed with a branch motif. There are some small losses around the edge of the box, and there appears to have been a truly tiny square of something inlaid in the top that is now missing. The box measures approximately 2.5" by 1.5". The top is slightly domed so it is taller in the front at 1". That does not count the little ball feet. It is a lovely little piece.|