This unique box was originally intended to hold first aid supplies on a ship. It was mounted and contained various medical supplies. That it was intended for...what will it be now?
This particular piece has a plate from the SH TALLAHASSEE. Further research may just prove it to be from the iron Confederate cruiser Tallahassee which was named after the Confederate state capital of Tallahassee in Florida and was built on the River Thames by J & W Dudgeon of Cubitt Town, London for London, Chatham 7 Dover Rly. Co. to the design of Capt. T. E. Symonds, Royal Navy, ostensibly for the Chinese opium trade. She was previously the blockade runner Atalanta and made the Dover-Calais crossing in 77 minutes on an even keel. She had made several blockade runs between Bermuda and Wilmington, N.C. before the Confederates bought her.
We will leave the rest of the research up to you...
15" tall, 14.25" wide, 8.5" deep at widest point