Made from hardwood, (probably teak), this strong box has sheet iron all over the lid and four sides, no doubt originally designed to make the box extra strong and tamper proof. Brass edge banding provides additional decoration - the long hinges and hasp closure are also made of brass. The original iron carrying handle and most of the nail/screw fixings remain in situ, although a few are missing - this does not affect the integral strength of the piece. The hinged lid opens to reveal three compartments; one large, two small. A sliding shelf once covered the small compartments, this has been lost. The box sits on four dainty squared feet. The woodwork is dented and bruised, befitting its age. Overall, this box is in very good condition, with most of the original fittings intact. Kerala, (situated at the southernmost tip of India), is famed for its fruits and spices, particularly vanilla, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and coconuts. The region has been known as 'The Spice Garden of India' since ancient times. Dimensions: Height: 18 cms Width: 41 cms Depth: 32 cms
'OLD INDIA' We are delighted to introduce our 'Old India' range of furniture; heritage, handmade items that you will not find anywhere else. Many of the items shown are historic pieces of furniture; others have been recently manufactured using old timber components from various sources; i.e.: floorboards, carved architraves and window shutters. Regardless of their make-up, each piece of furniture is made from genuinely old materials. This is surely the best form of re-cycling; giving discarded items a new lease of life and is a wonderful opportunity to purchase a genuine piece of 'Old India'. Each item is unique no two pieces are ever the same the item pictured on our website is the exact item you will receive. Expect to find knocks, dents and 'imperfections'. We believe this adds character to the pieces and we do not regard such 'imperfections' as 'faulty' - merely the sort of wear and tear that is to be expected with age. The items are fully and fairly described; we give special mention if pieces are especially worn, damaged - or where decorative details are missing. Each item of 'Old India' furniture is personally selected by us and our supplier is certified and accredited under the Indian government's export regulations. Further information: 'Old India' furniture is manufactured from a variety of woods. We endeavour to identify the type(s) of wood contained within each item, but this is not always possible. Do not place your furniture in bright sunlight or near to a heat source, i.e.: close to a radiator. In highly centrally-heated rooms, some slight cracking and settling of the wood may occur - this will not affect the integral strength of the piece. Use protective mats/coasters to guard against damage from heat and damp mop up any spillages immediately using a dry cloth. Dust using a soft cloth and polish occasionally using a traditional paste or wax polish. We recommend and sell John Mylands wax. We do not recommend the use of aerosol-type sprays.