Featured Small Bone Box - Origin? Purpose?

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  1. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    This small box has a polished exterior but a rough interior, so I think it is bone. After much effort with a sunshine cloth, the real silver edging appeared from the black. The top has a bird decal that appears oriental in style. The closure is in the shape of a bow, which does not seem to fit the bird - I am going to guess there were many different decals that may have fit the bow better. It is so small (2 3/4 inch long X 1 inch wide by 1 inch tall),
    I can't fathom it's purpose. It has no mark. I was intrigued enough to bring it home and ask you all for comments. I have hopes that it might be something interesting, but you know what an optimist I am. :)
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  2. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Toothpick box?
     
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  3. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    Now that's a thought. Thank you.
     
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  4. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    Nope

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  5. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Hangs-around looks-cute box. It's too new for much else.
     
  6. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    It certainly could be that. Thanks
     
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  7. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Pill box?
    Hmm - is the bottom of the inside of the box curved?
     
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  8. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    What were those little boxes called the women used to put beauty patches/spots in?????? The name eludes me ATM!!!!! I LOVE THAT BOX, BTW!!!!! New or not!!!!!
     
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  9. KikoBlueEyes

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    Sort of curved like it was roughly rounded out.
     
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  10. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Patch boxes:)
     
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  11. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    I appreciate your enthusiastic comments. I have no idea as my beauty is not spotty. :D:D
     
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  12. KikoBlueEyes

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    Great. I'll look that up. Thank you.
     
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  13. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Kiko -
    I don't think this is old enough to be a patch box.

    I'm thinking 1960s or later. Maybe even yesterday.

    It's pretty. A lot of people started collecting those mini boxes back in the 1980s. Many of the little boxes were and still are found in gift stores.

    I don't know where your box is from. India? Persia?
    Maybe @Any Jewelry will know.
     
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  14. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BORED!

    Thank you Cluttered......my brain froze..........again!!!!:smuggrin::hilarious:
     
  15. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    A collectable type of thing. I can see that.
     
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  16. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    snuff...?
     
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  17. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Chinese. Cigarettes?
     
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  18. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    Chinese phoenix bone and brass trinket box, but it could have been made in India or Nepal.
    I agree with cluttered, fairly recent, but pretty. The phoenix is a feminine symbol. No specific purpose, it is what we call in Dutch a 'hebbedingetje', a pretty trinket you just want to have. A nice 'hebbedingetje'.:playful:
     
  19. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    Perhaps. Good thought. Thanks.
     
  20. KikoBlueEyes

    KikoBlueEyes On Road Trip

    I can see this. Some hand rolled and carried around in this nice little container. Thank you.
     
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