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WWII Japanese Navy Sailor's Personal Ditty Box
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The small, wooden "Ditty Box" of a sailor in the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. These boxes were issued to the sailors, who kept personal items in them during their service. The chest is 8 1/4 wide inches by 11 3/4 inches long by 6 1/2 inches deep. The upper corners of both the chest and its lid are secured by iron bands, dovetailed corners, a handle on one end permits the chest to be easily carried by the sailor from ship to shore. The interior has a narrow, built-in, shelf = partially missing. The chest shows expected cracks in the wood from age and use, but it is complete and sound, being in overall very good condition.