Small Antique Wooden Box
Shanxi, circa 1900
This little wooden box still has traces of the original dark red lacquer, now mostly worn to the paler wood underneath. The lid is fitted on wooden hinges that sit just below the top of the sides of the box. It is secured at the front with the old brass clasp, which would once have enabled the box to be locked. Possibly designed to store valuables, it would make a lovely keepsake box today.