In and of itself, the box is not particularly remarkable. It seems to be made of balsa or some other light wood. It has compartments inside and has been painted in a kind of tole/folk art style with pigments that have become faded over the decades.
The intriguing thing about this little find is the inked inscription inside the lid: "Japan, 1945". I'm thinking this must be something made by a soldier during the post-WWII occupation? I'd sure like your take on it. And if anyone has an idea of how I should price it or classify it, please do leave a comment or message me via etsy at melmacparadise.etsy.com.
The box measures 8" long, 5 1/2" wide, and 2 1/8" deep with the lid on. I'd sure appreciate your input!
Update: I just received this reply from fellow Etsian, Marirose:
Victoria, This kind of box is usually called "Trench Art" The Soldiers made things like this to have something to do. They used whatever materials they could find and had on hand, such as wooden match boxes, or if they had access to them even old wooden airplane propellers, etc. They usually brought these things home to their family. As for pricing, you can do a google image search and find something like yours and go from there. There will not be one exactly the same as they were one of a kind of course, but you can get an idea anyway. Hope this helps you.
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