The base of a rectangular tinplate tea caddy with cylindrical neck, containing loose Chinese tea leaves. The front of the box is pasted with red paper-cut; on which there is an inscription in four Chinese characters (? qian que she, translated literally as: ? front bird tongue), possibly naming the type of tea enclosed within.
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