Antique Chinese Straits Silver Tobacco Box or Chelpa Malaysia 19thc. The body of the box is covered with diamond-shaped panels containing flower heads and sprawling leaves. The underside is blank and free of any design. On the front of the box, there is a large ring attached. This would have been used to thread a chain through which would have been attached to clothing. This way, one could easily travel with their betel nuts without having to carry them around in their hands or pockets. Condition This is very good and commensurate with age and careful usage. There are some slight signs of wear and use, which do not detract. Size 2.95L x 2.56 W Height 3.5cms; Width 6.5cms; Length 7.5cms. Guaranteed to be of the period stated! Please read all descriptions. Ask any questions, were here to serve you! All items must be paid for within four days. Non-payers are blocked-no exceptions. Thank you for visiting. Betel chewing became widespread across South East Asia and there was a great deal of paraphernalia attached to the habit with containers of various, sizes and shapes and special tools to cut the betel nuts. The containers were made of different materials, wood, lacquer and various metals, according to income and social standing. This probably once formed part of an extremely beautiful and expensive betel set, which would have comprised a number of differently shaped containers to hold the various ingredients. This container would have been used to hold the betel. Such a magnificent set could only have belonged to a rich individual of high social standing. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Antique Chinese Silver Straits Tobacco Box or Chelpa Malaysia 19thc” is in sale since Monday, November 11, 2019. This item is in the category “Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes”. The seller is “asianantiquesonline” and is located in Miami, Florida. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, South africa, Bahamas, New Zealand, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Egypt, Uruguay.
- Primary Material: Silver
- Age: 1850-1899
- Type: Boxes
- Original/Reproduction: Antique Original
- Region of Origin: Southeast Asia
- Color: Silver