Intricate handmade marquetry box that has a geometric design made with colored woods. So much hand work is involved in this intricacy. Tiny little arrows, tiny lines, and tiny square pieces make up these patterns. Amazing!
Rectangular light weight wood box with hinged lid makes up the foundation of the box. This foundation box is then veneered with a patterned tropical looking wood. The veneer is further set off by a patterned marquetry on the lid and front. There is a key hole in the front base of the box near where the lid joins. The base is covered by a greenish paper. The inside lid and box are covered in a white paper and a later piece of white plastic liner. There are two rectangular brass thin hinges with slot screws. The inside edge of the lid and box are painted a dark brown.
9 7/8” (25.1 cm) x 6 ½” (16.5 cm) x 4 ¼” (10.8 cm) tall. Weighs 1 lb 7.2 oz (660 g)
The base has a crack down the center. There is a gouge mark on the lid front where people have tried to get in the box. The key hole looks like it might have been tampered with. The hinges are loose and need to be tightened. Around the front and side base edge, there are pieces of veneer missing. The top left edge of the lid has pieces of veneer missing. There are wear scratches and tiny losses on the box. For the age, the box looks intact and rich.
A wooden box that will add age and distinction to your décor. Also a great place to hide things. Basically, a 19th century file box.