English Rich's patent brass tobacco or honor box comprised of a rectangular case with rounded feet, two locking hinged compartments, one end with a coin slot and plunger, and center handle. Maker's marks, left and center on top of box. Key included. 7 1/4" H x 9 5/8" W x 4 3/4" D. 19th century. Provenance: East Tennessee collection, by descent from Edwin V. Hill, M.D., deceased 1969. Dr. Hill was a faculty member of Tufts and Harvard Medical Schools and served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army. He collected Asian arts during his military tour in the Far East theatre, including China and Japan, prior to 1964. CONDITION: Oxidation of brass around coin slot, plunger, and hinges. 1/4" abrasion to brass, surface of right hinged compartment.
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