A vintage stained, varnished and decorated book shaped wooden box believed to have started life as a cigarette box but nowadays would probably have other uses. We have in mind an artists box with possible space for small crayons, charcoals, little note pad etc or maybe a trinket box.
Although the box is book shaped and is capable of standing on its end, we are not sure how practical this would be. The box measures just over 7.125in by just over 5.25in at the base (roughly 5.5in at its widest to incorporate the book spine shaped side) and about 2.375in deep.
The lid of the box is decorated with a Middle Eastern/Asian type gentleman engaged in recreational activity and sitting at what looks like an oasis or possibly a coastal scene. The box opens to reveal, in the lid, apertures for possibly cigarettes, cheroots or small crayons. The base of the box is divided into two compartments, one plain, the other having a 8 rests for possibly more cigarettes (or your charcoals!). The exact type of wood used in the construction of the box is unknown but it does have distinctive markings.
The box has been lightly cleaned but might benefit from expert cleaning. The hinges are not of the best quality and it is likely that the box was made for the tourist market. There is an indentation to the right hand side of the box which might be a natural fissure. However the is structurally sound. Exact age unknown but probably dates from the middle of last century or possibly earlier.
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