A sweet little curiosity from my own antique collections, this box is less than 2" in diameter, and contains all of an alphabet of letters, each perfectly carved and preserved. The entire alphabet is there, but enough to teach a child. Likely part of a teaching aid, toy, or game in first half of 1800s. There are 26 in all, and the box is in fine condition for age, too. I've never seen another in all these decades.
Very good to excellent condition, not any of the tiny alphabet bits are broken, and all 26 remain. The box has a tiniest fine tight hairline at side of the box's lid, shown in our images. Lathe-made, such precision.
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