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OLD Treasure Chest, 7" long! Silver, Brass, Copper, and Wood with great Patina

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Furniture7676 of 10327tiled table signature..identication help neededAntique Cabinet or chest- Id Help dated 1810
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Posted 5 years ago


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I just got this from thrift store for $7.00. It is so small see wine cork and jewelers scope. 7 inches long, yet that is silver, two pieces on front and same on back. The copper has a nice patina also. and brass has nice decoration. Wood looks old. I think this is old as nails have different size heads in some places. Someone took a lot of time to make this box. Maybe a box for jewelry? I really like it, I must think of something small to keep inside. If anyone has any ideas of what or who made this and when it was made, please let me know. thanks for looking!

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  1. epson233 epson233, 5 years ago
    a weeeeeeeeeeeee bottle of wine might be nice to place inside -- for the weeeeeeeeeeee little Leprechauns -- bring irish you know they get very thirsty at night -- have a great day
  2. AmberRose AmberRose, 5 years ago
    Okay, here we go...
    Lipstick holder, spices, illegal substances (unless you are in certain states), jewelry, but my favorite idea is...secret love notes!
  3. trunkman trunkman, 5 years ago
    Lovely little treasure chest -- I would have my trunk monkey keep his little collections inside. I would say however that, judging from the materials, particularly the latch, that it is not that old. Craftsmen in India and Asia minor are making these nice little boxes and chests by hand for our market. If it was antique that latch would be made of much sturdier material. However I may be off the mark so just a thought....
  4. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    I believe you are right, I looked but could not find one like it, I still would have bought it for $7. It took some work to make, a machine didn't cut and pound in all those nails. The brass hinges inside are inset, the wood has been notched so they fit tight., with 6 tiny nails in each hinge. Pretty good work! Three wine corks just fit inside, maybe keep my sterling sword brooches inside!
  5. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    See new photo!
  6. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Hi AR This is strange I tested the wire mesh 2 times and silver on front of box, both times came positive, I put photo of this up! Does the mesh look different or interesting at all, I love being retired, I can play all day long! Happy Holidays!!!
  7. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    The nails sure are different shapes and sizes, weird, to me anyway! Happy Holidays everyone!!
  8. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    on my silver testing kit, dark red is above sterling up to 100%, light red or brown is 80-90% silver.
  9. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Hi AR magnet does not stick!
  10. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    I will do that now!!
  11. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Hi AR aluminum is strong! my silver test acid will not melt it, I am posting photo now in 1 min. to compare with other!
  12. toracat toracat, 5 years ago
    Hi AR you are correct it is probably aluminum!! thanks for your help! I learned something today!!

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