The lid was made using walnut and i incorporated a piece of olive wood from an old church collection box that was given to me, this has been surrounded by an ivory, boxwood and ebony inlay.
My inspiration for this piece of work is taken from the renaissance period where a box like this would have most likely originated from Italy or France, one of my favourite periods in history.
Upon opening the box the lid underside is decorated with a ivory inlay panel and has a solid copper crucifix which is also decorated in a design from the same period. To the right side is a small area that is covered in antique kid leather.
This shows where the secret compartment is located, again this is operated by pressing a small button from the inside which releases the compartment, an ideal size for holding letters perhaps or valuables.
And finally all three pieces together possibly for the last time. I hope you have enjoyed the process of watching me create these pieces its been a pleasure to share them with you all and read your comments for which i am always grateful.
Have a great weekend everyone Tony.