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Old 28th May 2020, 05:28 PM   #1
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Default Oriental Picnic ? box set

Hello everybody,

I got this box, 20 cm diameter and pretty heavy ( 2kg ) only for ''the box'',

it was sold as an oriental picnic box set,
do you think it was made for that ?

I found it nice, maybe turkish-ottoman or north african ?
Maybe somebody recognise the pattern

Don't seems antique but not too recent
(more deep patina in reality than what seems in the pictures )

What do you think ?

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Old 29th May 2020, 07:47 AM   #2
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Early to middle tinned copper 20th c Indian betel box for betel nut goods, nuts leaves spices etc, not a picnic basket...It would be accompanied by a nut cutter and a crusher and other tools. The white powder on the tool is lime, used in preparing the chew. Cutters were often decorated, I've even seen a gold handled upper class Mughal one.

More than most of you want to know:

It also turns user's teeth red & can cause mouth cancer.
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Old 29th May 2020, 04:17 PM   #3
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Really Thank's a lot !!!
You fix it !!

When I saw all the white powder, I didn't know what it was:
hesitating between cleaning powder ( like baking soda ) or other chemical stuff ...

Really nice the ciseled models

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