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This is an early vintage Italian box for trinkets and/or jewellery. It dates to the 1930s and is in complete original condition.
This box is made of solid Olive Wood and has a deep Mahogany stained finished. It has two lids with a simple lift up design (no securing catches or locks) and its original Olive Wood carrying handle.
The lids have original hand painted Swallows and corner inlaid decoration. They also have their original hinges.
The exterior has a polished and varnished finish. The Olive Wood on the bottom is in its natural state.
The Swallows on this box were most likely added as a form of symbolism. The Swallow represents the safe journey home of a loved one.
About Olive Wood
Olive wood is favoured for its hardness. It is a strong durable wood with a fairly high density, and it takes well to cutting and polishing.
The Olive tree primarily grows in the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. Its wood has been used for many years by Italian box makers in particular. It is also a favoured wood in areas of the Holy Lands such as Jerusalem.
This lovely old box has two unlined compartments. The bases of these and the insides of the lids have a smooth polished finish. The walls of the compartments are in their natural state.
This box is in complete original condition and as such it has some wear from age and use. There is some loss of inlay and loss of paint to one of the lids. This can be viewed on photo 5.
The box is structurally sound and the hinges are still in perfect working order.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.
Interior Compartments x 2:
9.2 by 7.0cm with a sloping 2.6 - 4.2cm depth.
This box will be posted FREE within the UK, by Next Day Special Delivery.
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