This is a lovely box - appears to be entirely handmade. The wood-burned decoration is delicate and sweet. The lid has a little landscape scene of a cottage on the shore with sailboats nearby. Bordering the image is some outstanding art nouveau flourish designs which continue on the front and sides of the box.
The inside of the looks as if it was never quite finished. On the underside of the box is the following inscription: "Sedalia, Pettis Co, Mo., December 14, 1907., A Birthday Gift From Mrs. E. L. Downs."
The hinges and latch are a bit wobbly and loose, and all surfaces show the wear of the years. Measures approximately 14 x 7 1/4 x 3 1/2 inches.
Absolutely delightful piece.