This is a really lovely old box with original hand painting on the top and sides.
It has the date of 1898 written on it. It sits on a separate plinth, which does have a little damage to it but nothing to detract from the piece in any way.
The key works on a spring load, so has to remain in the lock at all times. It is a very unusual box and it would probably be hard to find another one similar.
I will post more photos soon of the inside.