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19th C Sumatra Betel Nut or Tobacco Box Bronze Gilt

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19th C Sumatra Betel Nut or Tobacco Box Bronze Gilt
This is a beautiful lidded tobacco or betel nut box made of bronze (or silver) that is decorated with repousse work and chiseled designs. The sides and lid have been covered with gold leaf and copper overlay. The very top decoration is an attached floral decoration that is at least 14k gold and held in place by wires under the lid. Inside, the box has evidence of having a divider (missing) separating the box into two compartments. The piece contains no marks or inscription.

There is a label inside that claims this is a tobacco box from Sumatra. Measures about 3.2 x 1.75 x 1.25 inches (7.5 x 4 x 2.5 cm). Condition is quite good. The gold leaf is mostly intact on top, although mostly missing on the sides, but the copper overlay and the top gold piece are fully intact. Gorgeous.

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