1st item: Japanese lacquered letter box, incised floral hinges and escutcheons and shaped handle, lids decorated with gold lacquered bird on flowering tree branch, 2 velvet-lined compartments. 3-3/4" H x 10" W x 7-1/2" D. 2nd item: Chinese lacquered box of octagonal form with sectioned interior, lid decorated with 2 flying birds and large flower spray, all outlined by gilt frieze. Shaped sides with gilt decoration. Base of box with gilt frieze and shaped supports. 3-3/4" H x 12-3/4" dia. Both boxes late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: Estate of Mrs. Mary Ann Bowers Thomas, Athens, Alabama. CONDITION: 1st item: Pins missing from hinges on one lid. Minor loss to decoration and some surface grime. 2nd item: Repairs to 2 feet. Surface scratch across flower on lid and minimal losses, largest 3/8". Surface grime.