He comes out of a bandbox—i.e. he is so neat and precise, so
carefully got up in his dress and person, that he looks like some
company dress, carefully kept in a bandbox.
Neat as a bandbox.
Neat as clothes folded and put by in a bandbox.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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