Antique Dutch Colonial VOC Batavian Tortoise shell Silver Sirih Casket, Circa 1750

$ 6,500
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SKU BB-8618

A rare, Dutch Colonial, Batavian (now Jakarta) Dutch East Indies silver and tortoise shell Sirih casket, circa 1750.

The casket was used for storing highly prized betel nut, which was chewed ritually by high ranking Indonesian officials and adopted by settlers from the Dutch East Indies Company (VOC). Made from tortoise shell and having Rococo silver mounts, the box fitted with a chain to keep the lid open and a substantial lock to the front. The casket having engraved carrying handles to each side and raised on compressed turned bun feet. The casket is in remarkable, excellent condition.


2 inches high × 4.5 inches wide × 3 inches deep


5.08 cm high × 11.43 cm wide x 7.62 cm deep

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