This striking box was beautifully constructed and remains absolutely radiant, and I also find it completely charming--a perfect balance of folky and refined. C. 1870s and made of mahogany with several different wood inlays, I believe it may have been a collections box, with the initials EH standing for a church or charity rather than the monogram of an individual, but I am not entirely certain. In any event, really a wonderful piece, with unique geometric patterns on front and back sides, and a removable panel on bottom for emptying it (the smaller panel, removable by unscrewing.) Fill it up then donate the contents to a non-profit doing meaningful work! Also perfect for stashing foreign currency in. anticipation of future travels.
Overall, really excellent condition, with the wood showing only very gentle wear. There is one split running verticality down the center of either short side, which is so similar on both as to almost appears as a pattern. 5 5/8" long x 4" deep x 3 3/8" tall.