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I plucked this from the trash at a house I was helping some of out church members fix up for selling. This it would seem was left behind by one of the renters and someone was going to throw it away, and maybe I should have let them!! The constructions was somewhat intriguing, the pulls for example were held in with a wood pin and not a screw. The way the top two unit pivot out in on some kind of fabricated wood hinge. I kept it because I thought it could be restored or that I could make one similar to it. I think it is a jewelery box or something like that. There is a brass label on the left lid and it says at the top " Wertarbeit" across the bottom the word "Erzgebirgische" and in the middle "LoRa". I goggled it and found it is German but not what it meas.

If anyone could give me some idea as to what it is, when it was made and what kind of wood it is made from, I would appreciate it.
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HI Jerry

I'm not to sure but it looks like a sewing box,,,I made one a long time ago like it...for the boss and all her junk (stuff )
It's one of the 1st.projects I ever did, about, I would say about 40 years ago, if you want to see a snapshot just ask ,,and just for kicks I will post one.. LOL

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I plucked this from the trash at a house I was helping some of out church members fix up for selling. This it would seem was left behind by one of the renters and someone was going to throw it away, and maybe I should have let them!! The constructions was somewhat intriguing, the pulls for example were held in with a wood pin and not a screw. The way the top two unit pivot out in on some kind of fabricated wood hinge. I kept it because I thought it could be restored or that I could make one similar to it. I think it is a jewelery box or something like that. There is a brass label on the left lid and it says at the top " Wertarbeit" across the bottom the word "Erzgebirgische" and in the middle "LoRa". I goggled it and found it is German but not what it meas.

If anyone could give me some idea as to what it is, when it was made and what kind of wood it is made from, I would appreciate it.



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I'm not to sure but it looks like a sewing box,,,I made one a long time ago like it...for the boss and all her junk (stuff )


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that looks like a sewing box to me too. ive seen a lot of sewing boxes like that.

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Looks and sounds like a story on Antiques Roadshow. I probably wouldn't try to restore it till I learned more about it. If it is worth anything you might ruin its value in the restoration. kinda like the antique dresser missing a leg and drawer worth more un restored. It doesn't make sense to me but I like the show and have seen them say it on there.
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I agree that this is most likely a sewing box. I'm sure one of our members speaks German and can do a translation.

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Yep, a sewing box. SWMBO has one very similar to it, but without the german tag on it.

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I will have it evaluated

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Hi Jerry,

I am no expert but I do enjoy my antiques so I would say that it most likely dates from the 1920's, and rather than a jewellery box would most likely have been used as a ladies tapestry/ crosstitch box for holding yarns, buttons, needles etc. I couldn't tell you what kind of wood it is. Given you still have some labels attached you maybe able to get a date for it. If I come up with anything I shall let you know.

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Hi Jerry,

Well Werterbeit means stitched up and Erzgebirgische is an extension of a place called Erzgebirge which is a mountainous region between Germany and the Chech republic which is known for its arts and craft type work. So my guess it that your box is indeed a sewing box of a kind from this region.

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The OLT says workmanship/ value work for Wertarbeit, (quality goods)

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