Made by The Met Museum in the 1980's, this sweet little box is a reproduction of a 17th century Marriage Box from Friesland, Holland. Little boxes like this were meant to hold a marriage sovereign, presented by a man to the lady he wanted to marry. If she accepted his gift, it was a legally binding acceptance of his marriage proposal.
Well made, this 6-sided silver plated box has allegorical figures on each side depicting hope, trust, love, tenderness and prudence. The top has two hands engraved on it, the sides of the top feature flowers and angels. I generally don't buy or sell reproductions, but this box is so charming, especially the story behind it!