Solander box

n.A wooden case with the lid hinged to the base and with clasps on the fore-edge.


The exterior of a Solander box is often covered with fabric and the interior lined with heavy paper. A Solander box may be constructed like a clamshell case. Three of the sides of the lid and the base are roughly the same size and designed to nest, while the fourth side of the lid and base is shared and serves as a hinge. In some designs, the top is relatively shallow. The box was invented by botanist Daniel Charles Solander when working at the British Museum (1773-1782).