A brass bound, mahogany box.
This box has long brass straps that extend the full width of the sides and to the front and back corners of the box. Its probable that it was originally made as a Dressing Box but at some stage the dividers etc. have been removed so that it could be used as a plain box. Although not added by us, the lining paper has been added recently to tidy up the interior.
The top has a decorative, shaped engraving plate that is blank. The top stands up on stay hinges. It is not unusual for Dressing Cases to eventually lose their contents and to then be given another use. This is a good looking box and offers useful storage. Mid to late 19th Century.