Subject:Re: ornate wooden box with characters on the back
Posted By: Bill H Sun, Mar 01, 2020
Agree with Mark. This is an antique style portable shaving stand a.k.a. barber's box. See link for another example.
Respectively, the characters and seal on the back read "Hall (or Studio) of the Eastern Sea" (Dong yang tang - 東洋堂) and "Seal of the Hall of the Eastern Sea" (Dong yang tang yin - 東洋堂印).
I Googled the characters and got no apparent relevant returns, only that this is the name of a printing company in Tokyo that made postcards circa the early 20th century.
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