I don’t know why but this triggered such a memory! Dates were a Christmas treat when I was growing up in the 50s. I had an uncle and aunt who always had a box of dates on the table at Christmas time. While we kids loved the dates, we were limited to one each, it was what became of the date box that mattered.
it was shaped like this but made of a soft wood, balsa I suspect. After it was emptied of its dates my uncle would create the most amazing doll crib. I do not recall all the details but I know that he cut the lid of the box such that it made a hood as it were for the crib. Then