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Solve the puzzle to unlock the box.  This is a well made wooden puzzle box.  It has a coin slot on the side so that you can place money on the inside and keep it safe.  Each Secret Box has a different solution to it.  You will need to be thinking outside the box to open these well made puzzles

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Each has a different secret to opening it.

From Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen who are part of the Classical Chinese Puzzle Project We rsquo ve been collecting and researching the histories of Chinese puzzles since 1997

No two boxes were exactly alike, and some required a number of steps to open

Occasionally we came across a box mdash around the size of a shoe box mdash that required an ingenious trick to open it

One has an inscription dated ldquo 31st year of the Guangxu reign 1905 , proving that their use goes back more than 100 years

The boxes had been used by families with property to hold deeds and other valuables

Today people enjoy the challenge of opening the boxes as puzzles rather than using them to hold their treasures.These four puzzle boxes are based on antique treasure boxes found in China

We began traveling around Shanxi in 1999 and found many more of these clever boxes in small rural markets

Whenever we asked about the origin of these boxes, the reply was always the same they came from Shanxi province

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