Its based on what would have been a 18th Century spice cabinet normally these cabinets would have had many tiny draws to hold what would have been very expensive and at that time rare spices, what i have done with this piece instead of making draws was to make tiny compartments, i have actually seen spice cabinets similar to this in design but this was not the most common construction.
The inside contains 6 compartments that would have been used for transporting these rare and precious commodities by wealthy families, decorative panels on the outside and a seascape on the underside of the lid give a clue as to the use of the piece. The top centre section of the lid is genuine tortoise shell.
To the back is a secret draw which contains a coin, This coin is dated to 1737 and was discovered mud larking on the river Thames in London the coin has been cleaned but only very lightly and still retains a beautiful patina.
You may also be able to make out the markings on the coin which also denote the coin is a Dutch east Indies VOC 1 Duit which would have been around when the spice trade was booming and which i thought matched the piece perfectly.
As you can see the coin is in pretty good condition for its age and is a beautiful piece of tiny history to go with this piece.
The timber used for the construction is mahogany which has then had a worn lacquered effect applied to give a authentic used look. Dimensions of the piece are 2.5'' wide by
2'' height and 1.75'' in depth.
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Have a great week Tony.