Antique Chinese Shan Xi Lidded Lunch Box from the early 20th century, beautiful weathered patina, large handle. The original finish was once deep black lacquer, worn over the years to a wonderful patina. With a long carrying handle, this box was once used to hold food in Shan Xi province.
We think this Chinese lunch box will make for a great decorative addition to any home, whether placed in a kitchen, living room or hallway. One of a Kind Antique purchased from a Collector's Estate. Excellent Antique Condition, beautiful Patina consistent with age.
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DIMENSIONS: 12” L x 7”.5 W x 14” H
MATERIAL: Wood with metal trim
FACTS & HISTORY: After the overthrow of the Qing dynasty in 1911/12, the Shanxi warlord Yan Xishan (1883–1960) ruled as an absolute dictator until the end of the Sino-Japanese War (1937–45). Yan was instrumental in establishing the nucleus of a heavy industrial base and in opening the southern section of the Tongpu railway in 1935.
During the war the Japanese developed coal resources in the Taiyuan Basin and expanded heavy industry. The agricultural and handicrafts cooperatives established at these bases were instrumental in facilitating economic and social recovery after communist forces assumed control of Shanxi in 1949.