small trinket box
24 September 2022

Small trinket or snuff box that appears to be made of tortoiseshell. There is a gold crane painted on the top. There are background designs of a swampy area with cat-tails




The box was in my grandmother's things. There is a handwritten note inside that says that it was a gift from grandmother Anderson to K at Christmas. The K is either my grandmothers sister (born in 1904) or my grandmothers's mother (born in 1869). The 1904 seems more likely.

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By David U.
Sep 27, 06:29 UTC
Fair Market Value
$200 - $300 USD
Insurance Value $0 USD
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Dear Melissa,

Thank you for contacting Mearto with your appraisal inquiry and for your patience.

Based on the photographs and information provided, and subject to examination, this is:

A vintage tortoiseshell box
Probably made in Milano, Italy, 1930-1950s
The square box with lift-out lid decorated with a stylized bird in a vivid background

PROVENANCE: inherited
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Melissa sinclair Sep 27, 12:14 UTC

I weighed it this morning on our postage scale and it didn't even register - so it is less than one ounce.
Do you need me to find a place to get more specific weights?
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