A superb vintage deeply carved box with a secret opening.
This unusual box is crafted from dense wood and is has been hand carved on all four sides. The top has a deeply carved oval centrepiece styled with flower heads and leaf stems and is framed by the rest of the design.
The puzzle box is opened by way of one single movement where an internal catch is shifted allowing the top to open. This action involves finding an area on the box which can be moved independently.
The box is made from dense wood probably olive wood or something similar and is heavy and robust. Internally, there is one compartment which is lined with red velvet-like material on the bottom. The sides internally, are lined with thin wooden pieces which are removable presumably for maintenance of the wooden moving parts. It is in very good condition and has a rustic appearance. There are no maker’s marks.
A lovely box with a secret opening which would make a wonderful family heirloom.