Attached to the bottom is a vintage item tag from a previous owner that indicates the box is from the 19th century. The interior of the cone lid has the first Chinese character used in "heaven". This may have been used in manufacturing to differentiate between the top and bottom halves of the box. It also may have been an identifying mark used by the boxes original owner or could have been placed there for any number of reasons.This little mystery really adds to the character and history of the box. This hat box is an antique and respectively has some wear and tear.
The hinge was at one point replaced, but the replacement is vintage or perhaps antique as well. The item "Antique Chinese Leather Pointed Hat Box Late 19th Century /m" is in sale since Tuesday, March 16, 2021. This item is in the category "Antiques\Asian Antiques\China\Boxes". The seller is "pathwaymarket929" and is located in Marne, Michigan.This item can be shipped worldwide.