A vintage two tone wooden box with marquetry inlaid lid and parquetry band around the base, and further inlaid band on the inside of the lid.
The box measures approximately 7.125in by 5.125in at the base and stands about 2.875in deep to the top of the hinged lid. The lid when raised reveals four articulated blocks of wood, each of which has ten holes. It is probable that this box was intended to be used as a cigarette box/dispenser but it could be equally useful as a holder for small crayons (this has been tested with crayons approximately 3.25in plus long – at 3.5in the fit along the top row is a little tight).
The box is structurally sound but would benefit from expert cleaning (it has been given a light cleaning only). There is an area to the top right hand corner of the lid where a label of some sort was once attached and has been removed and this has dulled the patina a little in that area and the metal struts that hold the four blocks of wood together seem a little basic. It is a little difficult to make the lid stay up. However, it does with the crayons inserted as shown, but if full with crayons or other items, it might not do so.
Exact age unknown but believed to date from the middle of last century. The crayons in the photographs are for display purposes only and are not included in the sale.
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