Housed in a sturdy, leather carrying case, this antique military box displays a black, enamel finish with gold and red details. It opens to reveal a wonderfully fitted interior that features mail slots in the lid and fitted compartments, including one locking compartment with a key and heart escutcheon. It retains bottles for black and red inks and a more recent, pale green paint. The compartmentalized tray lifts out to reveal a storage box. Plaque marked: Allibhoy Vallijee & Sons/ Patentees & Manufacturers./ Alvi Works India/ Multan Cantt.
Richard and Susan Wale, Souvenirs from the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria, p. 77, Figure 57. This box was known as the Diamond Jubilee Despatch Box.
Width 16 Depth 12 Height 7 in.