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Carter No.: 271

Handlist description: Ornamental casket

Card/Transcription No.: 271-2

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to the surface of the body of the box.

The lid is similarly ornamented with ivory rails and styles, and with cnh, w3s and nb symbols; but by its having four rails and three styles its surface is divided up into six small panels, instead of two large panels as on the sides of the box.

The lower part of the interior of the box (about two-thirds down) is divided up into sixteen small rectangular compartments each 11.0 x 9.8 edged with slats of ivory. These sixteen compartments were, no doubt, intended to contain vessels, which are missing - these were probably stolen on account of the valuable material of which they were made, such as gold or silver.

The lid when closed on to the box was held in place by means of pins on the ends of the underneath battens of the lid, which were inserted into corresponding holes in the interior back of the box, and the lid

Card no. 271-2 relating to Carter no. 271
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