Exceptionally crafted, this scarce and unusual box features a rectangular form teakwood and ebony carcass of dovetailed construction, intricately detailed and richly decorated with ornate brass studs and inlay. Unlocking the box and lifting the lid reveals two compartments, the smaller with a hinged lid decorated with brass inlay. The bottom drawer is unlocked with a hidden latch located inside the top compartment. Lifting the latch and pulling out the drawer reveals 6 more compartments, 2 with hinged lids and 2 with sliding lids. These types of boxes were made on the Malabar coast primarily for the Arabian and Persian markets. There is some damage, commensurate with a long life. The locking mechanism can be a bit finicky but easy enough to work once you get used to it and there is a piece of brass inlay missing from the back. Also a piece of brass missing form the RHS drawer. There are some signs that the box may have been partly dismantled at some point, perhaps for repair. A couple of the nails do not appear original and neither dose the foil between the brass work and the woodwork. The perfect decorative object for your coffee table, console, desk, or large shelf. full of rich antique character, rustic old world charm and lovely historical depth acquired from many years of life.