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British, dating from the second half of the 19th century - c. 1890.
Hand constructed from sheet brass - retaining the original bight nickel plated finish. The octagonal box is fitted with shaped brass embellishments, copper riveted in place - one end face incorporating a suspension ring.
The hinged cover is fitted with a sliding ornate central copper button - the button controlling the double locking bolt. Four arrow type pointers surrounding the button set the locking action - the toothed central wheel, close the hinge, also acts upon the locking action - an unusual feature, the other 'toothed' wheels are 'dummies' only. Each of the four arrows are set within an engraved circular band, indicating a known position - detailed above.
Images 11 & 12, detail the inside of the cover, showing the locking mechanism. The central section of the locking bolt is incised with the maker's initials.
Length, excl. ring - 3 5/8" (92mm).
Very good, untouched period condition - the cover tends to sit at approximately 10º when unlocked. The box will be shipped in the open position, allowing the combination to be studied and recorded.
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