Likely of Scandinavian origin (Svepask or Tine box). Inscription is written in Swedish. I have been unable to translate into. English although the top portion might be translated as such: Keep. Mind that you I cannot decipher the two words in the second.
The box is beautifully hand-painted with a lid that locks after the lid. Is aligned at the two small crosses. For those who do not know how.
To open the locked lid, just press gently with a thumb on the painted. Cross and then gently pull the lid up.Consistent with the age of this piece, there are some tiny cracks in. The wood and wear in the paint. Overall, the box is in very good. It seems to be held together with tiny lead plugs. Measures: 7.5 length (tip to tip), 3.5 3.75 height, 4 width. The item "ANTIQUE DECORATIVE SVEPASK TINE BOX, SCANDINAVIAN HAND-PAINTED, LOCKED LID" is in sale since Saturday, January 02, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Other Antique Decorative Arts". The seller is "k_mcelrath0ixr" and is located in Fayetteville, North Carolina. This item can be shipped to United States.