This is a case designed for a collection of antique silver dirhams, a very early Arabic coin. It is veneered with douka and has a simple decoration around the lid. There is a silver plate with an Arabic inscription describing the contents inlaid into its centre and the whole exterior is french polished.
The interior is divided with ebony lipped partitions into 12 slots in which the coins in their paper envelopes are stored. These dividers and the rest of the interior are veneered with honduras cedar, the same aromatic timber that gives the interior of humdors their characteristic smell...
I have done three similar cases for this customer - this shows a slightly later version, basically the same but with a different inscription on the lid - this time inlaid into a satinwood panel.
A closeup of the Arabic inscription describing the contents.