It was seven years ago already that I was given this box lid of the 39 series by an old collector friend of mine who owns the complete pre war 39 series. He did not have much interest (and facilities, room) in keeping the lid in his collection. It was in a splendid condition. The only obvious deficiency was a rather large loose, completely split edge and corner (lower left on the picture).
It was professionally repaired subsequently for me by a paper restorator, the only trace of which can be seen in the somewhat darker areas over there, which he filled in with an especially prepared (and matching coloured) paper pulp. The result could not be better, both esthetically and technically. As this is the most essential and artistic part of the box, I did not care in the first place of how to reproduce the box underneath. I can do that less demanding job myself.
I merely have some post war 39 series models, but it would be a nice match. Of course the box is rather rare, but images of the box and its contents are shown every now and then, so the looks of the lower part and its insert are well known. Now I would be interested to know what the exact height of this box should be. Also, I would very much appreciate if someone could give the height of the insert as well, and / or provide me with a scan or photograph of the insert (or just the part with the cut-outs), as to have a format to reproduce that as well. The size does not have to be 1:1, if just the relative measures are correct.
There might be another less time consuming solution. Does anyone of the members know if a replica of the complete box is available? Then I would just have to buy such a replica and replace the replica box lid by the real one!
I look forward to an anwer and solution for my problem!
Thank you for your attention, and kind regards, Jan Werner