See, this blogger walks into a small antiques shop. Nothing special. Nice stuff but nothing there that’s blog fodder. He is about to leave when he spots an interesting looking wooden box. He looks at it thinks it might be one for the collection. The spring latch yields allowing the box to open. Inside are a few sheets of crumpled packing paper. The paper is extracted and below is a smaller, homely footed box.

The vessel and its purloined contents.

The vessel and its purloined contents.

He assumed that it had been place there by someone hoping to get the smaller box out of the shop unnoticed. An attempt to smuggle it out and make it disappear.

As he walked out of the shop, it occurred to him it was probably the dealer.