This box is one of my favourite items: It used to be a box for tea, now it has served as a sewing kit for 30 years.
My uncle brought the box back from China a long, long time ago. He left home as a 13 year old boy in the late 50s to sail the big seas. This was one of the few options for boys from the north back then.
He also brought his sister the finest China ware there was, thin as eggshell. But that's another story.