Posted 8 years ago
I have an old metal opium traveling box. It is made out of a white metal with copper edging around the base and between the top and bottom part of the box. It has a riveted and hinged lid. The front is decorated with four bat motifs and the bat body on the lower right swings right or left to reveal a lock. The interior has 5 receptacles; a lamp with wick (which is missing the glass chimney) and 4 removable covered compartments. Two of the boxes measure 1" x 1" x 1 1/4" high and have open fretwork. One has a copper inset behind the fretwork so I am guessing that is where the opium went. The waste receptacle measures 1 1/2" x 2" x 1 1/4" high. The long narrow container that fits at the back measure 4 7/8" long x 1" wide x 1 1/4" high. It has two bail wire handles on top and it measures 5" across x 3 1/2" deep x 2 1/2" high. It comes with the key. The metal shows some spotting in areas, but I have done nothing (and won't ) to clean it.
I am hoping to identify the age of this neat old piece and if it was made for the European or American market. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.