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This is a very unusual and attractive late 18th century Dutch brass tobacco box.
It is rectangular in shape and the top and bottom are engraved.
The texts of these engravings are difficult to read (it is written in old Dutch), but on top it says something like: "Abraham laat Hager (?) gaan, want het is met haar gedaan" (= Abraham lets Hager go, because it is all over for her), with in the middle an engraving of an elderly man waving goodbye to a young woman.
On the bottom it says: "Wie leefter van het rijk (?) die het wel gaat en heengaat (?)" (=He who lives of wealth, lives and dies prosperous(?)).
The inside is tinned and the construction of the box is in a typical manner, where the corners are folded over.
This same type of crude construction can be seen on a similar box in the book Metalwork in Early America by Fennimore, p.319, no.201.
Condition: Good, because of the construction, the corners are worn, but the engraving is still in good condition. On the inside of the lid, someone scrached a circle with a six pointed star which could be a ward, an ancient symbol to protect (warding off) against evil.
Widths: 13.6 x 8.5 cm (5 3/8 x 3 3/8 inch).
Height: 2.5 cm (1 inch).
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Item number: M111
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