Oh, what a fantastic old wooden box! I just love the semi-secret bottom drawer that pulls out from one side, the slatted compartments, and the beautifully jointed back corners. And then there are all of these bits inside!
There is a black label in great condition on the inside top of the box reading "The Irvin Auger Bit Company, Wilmington, Ohio " at the center, "Solid - Center Stem Auger Bits" above it, and then to the right "Patented Oct. 21, 1884; and Improved, April 19, 1887. Chas H. Irwin, Patentee." Thirteen bits are listed on the label, and the box seems still to contain most of them--as pictured. I believe this one dates from the late 19th century.
While wonderfully worn, with lots of scrapes and some paint splotches here and there, the box is in great structural condition, super sturdy, with all of the hinges working well and the drawer opening with ease. I personally would be inclined to remove the bits and fill it with pencils, pens and assorted supplies, and have calculated shipping weight without the bits, but please just let me know if you would like them included!
Measures: 11 5/8" wide x 6" deep x 3 1/4" tall.