Intriguing box dollar with the inside hinged lid intricately engraved with a view of a theatrical stage set in a Japanese garden motif. CONRIED is engraved at the top, and CHRISTMAS 1907 at the left and right. The work is signed in tiny letters by Max Meyer, NY at the base. Heinich Conried was the manager-director of the New York Metropolitan Opera House in 1907. A new version of Giacomo Puccini's Madame Butterfly opera premiered at the Met in February, 1907 and it was performed there seven additional times that year including a performance on December 14. The lead roles in these performances were performed by Enrico Caruso and Geraldine Farrar, two of the absolute premier names in 20th Century opera. Put these details together and you could come up with a likely scenario for this fine gift; one of the principals of the show, Caruso or Farrar, looking for a fine and unique gift for the manager of the theater he/she was performing in commissioned a local jeweler to produce this miniature work of art. Can't say for sure that happened but everything fits. There is a photo frame in the body of the dollar, but no photograph remains. Still the perfect gift for the opera aficionado.