Made from hardwood, (probably teak) this travel box is likely to have come from Kerala, a region at the southernmost tip of India. Keralan people were renowned sailors and travellers. They made distinctive-looking travel boxes that could be easily carried and were strong enough to hold valuable documents and personal items – rather like our modern-day airline hand luggage, but much prettier! Kerala travel boxes usually feature metal banding, substantial locks/closures, carry handles and lids with hinges at the half-way point, allowing the lid to be quietly opened in a confined space without inconveniencing fellow passengers. The top and all four sides are nicely decorated with intricately carved zig-zag borders. In addition, four carved roundels inset with floral motifs decorate the lid. The lid retains its original hand forged iron handle, hasp and eye closure and strapwork banding. Four daintily carved feet, originally intended to keep the box away from damp surfaces, add another decorative element. One of the feet is not original to the piece, but does not detract from the overall look. The plain interior gives scope for useful storage – craftwork items, perhaps? There has been some (historic) movement to the baseboards and a small metal patch has been attached to the underside at some point – this does not affect the integral strength of the box. All surfaces are pitted and scuffed – in keeping with a genuinely old and well-used piece of furniture.
Dimensions: Height: 21.5 cms Width: 40 cms Depth: 32 cms
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.''