his design is based on small storage boxes recovered from the wreck of the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545.  These boxes featured a sliding lid rather than a hinged lid, and they came in several sizes.

decorated wooden box with sliding lid

This one has decorations suitable to the period but not based on any one surviving example.  At the end is the 'Tree of Life,' a Christian symbol hearkening to the Cross.  The top features an inlaid bone medallion with a black Maltese Cross. Decorations can be your choice. Wood is poplar and the stain is a vinegar/iron stain.

Boxes can be constructed to any reasonable size desired.  All sliding lids include an subtle but important feature: a small, carved depression for pushing/pulling with the thumb or finger.

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