casket was sold recently by Sotheby's and is almost too yummy and tiny to mention! A fall front piece and if the dates painted on it are to be believed, it is a quite early piece. Dated 1658 it falls into a set of about a dozen dated pieces in the 1650s. Not surprisingly, these dated pieces also have quite a variety of shapes and configurations too. I wish the dates were embroidered into the piece as so few out there have painted details. Not being commonly seen, I have to reserve judgement on the date as I have seen so many pieces that have had their embroidery 'brightened' with paint over the years.
But it is still really sweet and makes one want to make a small box too!