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Recent Finds:  18th Century Betal Nut Box
Soaked in lime and containing a mild stimulant, the betal nut was popular in and around the Indian Subcontinent. Like many bad habits- it was known to have been chewed by sailors. Chewing it stained your teeth and gums and rotted your teeth rapidly... but there was the stimulant. This box has elaborate decoration, iron bale handles and three compartments; the two side compartments were for soaking the nut in lime and the center for storage.
Soft burnished antique condition; the hinge pins are replaced and the center interior compartment lid is missing.
India, ca. 1730-50


Iron and Brass  5 1/4 inches wide, 2 1/4 inches tall, 2 1/4 deep  $365
   
   
   


 

 




 
804 Timberlake Dr., Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009    johnphilbrick@gwi.net