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Charming Mid Century Japanese Antique Tin Box in beautiful vintage shades of chartreuse and emerald green with fuchsia and yellow highlights.

A lovely way to store buttons & pins, earrings & rings, paperclips & pushpins, or tiny memories.

Or use it to make a bitty mixed media art assemblage!

We found this item in a suitcase full of interesting odds and bits, and were able to trace ownership to a certain Mr. Terry Frost of Concord, NH, US Army Air Corps veteran, aquatic biologist, outdoorsman, mountaineer, and trailblazer. It contained an antique map measure, a faucet washer Handi-Kit, many seashells, a tray full of wood-handled hand tools, a peach pit, and this lovely tin. Read more about the late Mr. Frost here:

Text from top of tin reads:

We cannot date this tin exactly, but have seen similar with tax stamps intact that date them back to the 1930s.

Measures approximately 6.1" inches x 3.2" inches by 2" inches tall.

In good antique condition--no major dents, lid is in excellent shape. Some rubbing of paint round the edges on top, a few spots here, some rust there--all part of this tin's shabby chic charm!


Camphor is a waxy, white or transparent solid with a strong, aromatic odor. It is a terpenoid with the chemical formula C10H16O. It is found in wood of the camphor laurel (Cinnamomum camphora), a large evergreen tree found in Asia (particularly in Borneo and Taiwan) and also of Dryobalanops aromatica, a giant of the Bornean forests. It also occurs in some other related trees in the laurel family, notably Ocotea usambarensis. Dried rosemary leaves, (Rosmarinus officinalis), in the mint family, contain up to 20% camphor. It can also be synthetically produced from oil of turpentine. It is used for its scent, as an ingredient in cooking (mainly in India), as an embalming fluid, for medicinal purposes, and in religious ceremonies. A major source of camphor in Asia is camphor basil.

Norcamphor is a camphor derivative with the three methyl groups replaced by hydrogen.

Mr. Frost's Vintage Japanese Refined Camphor Tin. Chartreuse, Emerald Green, & Fuchsia. Nippon Camphor Company Ltd, Kobe Japan. Stash box.


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