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Antique Octogon wooden inlay container with Lid

All items155640 of 2233741955 The Platters "The Great Pretender" backed with "I'm Just a Dancing Partner" 45rpmAntique 1918 wood inlayed small cabinet
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    Posted 8 years ago

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    I found this beautiful octagon wooden inlay container, does anyone know if this was used for tobacco, if not what was it used for?
    9" tall
    20" in diameter
    Inlay-ed Birds, Irish Cross, pinwheels
    Any help will be appreciated. Thank you

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Looks like for tobacco.
    2. dhumphrey12 dhumphrey12, 8 years ago
      I think you are right, amazing in-lay work and idea how old it is?
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I couldn't begin to guess without inspecting. Are the exterior designs inlayed or painted as I suspect? I'm not an expert & never claimed to be, but hard to tell by 2 simple pics. If for tobac, you may pick up the aroma by sniffing as it lingers for yrs..
    4. dhumphrey12 dhumphrey12, 8 years ago
      It is completely in-lay no paint, just hoped someone was familiar or has seen this piece before. I am not even sure as to what type of wood it is. Thanks!!!
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      If true inlays & American, before 1940's probably. If made in Asia etc., could be until 20 yrs ago but no exact date possible from me. Just from these pics, I'm going to go with 40's-50's. Could easily be earlier but doubt it. here again, I'm no expert but have repro'd many old items & restored much more. My last inlays were in the mid 80's but don't say I won't do more. I quit, like others, because people don't appreciate true quality today & just seem to want crap that looks like quality until it rains a few days. Just makes no sense to spend hrs. & days doing inlays which nobody will pay a fair price when they can get cheap vinyl over plywood that looks good for a few yrs. Just being honest. That was not my job, but a hobby.
    6. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      Hard to say.

      Can you add pictures of the bottom of the piece and the inside of the lid. It may not help but may show some construction techniques to bracket the age.

    7. dhumphrey12 dhumphrey12, 8 years ago
      You were right I smell tobacco. I understand your position, but also appreciate
      your time and effort. I know a glass blower that is experiencing the same thing,
      I have a feeling that in the future your work will be sought after because no one is learning how to master the crafts anymore. Something to think about.....
    8. dhumphrey12 dhumphrey12, 8 years ago
      I added a few more pics.
      Thanks again
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Your glass blower's breath smells like tobacco? LOL :-)

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