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GORGEOUS French ORIGINAL Antique XL Wooden Jewelry Box Footed Inlay Brass Burl Salmon Pink Velvet Silk Interior Ring Holder

GORGEOUS French ORIGINAL Antique XL Wooden Jewelry Box Footed Inlay Brass Burl Salmon Pink Velvet Silk Interior Ring Holder

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Personal Collection Release. I know many of us antique jewelry addicts also have a passion for antique jewelry boxes. Here is a fine one from my personal collection that I purchased in France.


Beautiful and larger Victorian era French rectangular antique jewelry box - This mid 1800s box is crafted in blackened wood with an inlaid burl and brass ornate design on the cover. It has moulded / carved marquetry borders. Inside we find the salmon pink silk and velvet interior and various compartments including ring slots, a pin cushion, pocket watch holder and two lidded compartments. The lid is quilted with pink silk displaying a beautiful floral pattern highlighted by gilt brass decorative rivets.

The base of the box is fixed in place and coated in the salmon pink velvet with some silk accents around the oval opening and the pocket watch compartment. At each corner are pie piece shaped lids, with gilt brass acorn handles that open to reveal silk lined compartments. The back center is another silk lined compartment with no lid, which holds a velvet pocket watch holder but also serves to hold bracelets and chains (that is what I used it for). The large center oval I believe originally held sewing accoutrements, like a small scissors, needle, etc, but now it is just a velvet base with small straps and a silk lined rim. To the right is the domed pin cushion and to the left are the ring slots. The key hole, lock and hinges are in brass. It has a sturdy feel and closure but I do not have the key to lock it unfortunately.

It's wonderful! I have enjoyed storing my antique treasures in this antique treasure.

Jewelry in the display is not included (but is available : )


(length x width x height): 27.5 x 19 x 10.5 cm


All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. We are talking about 170 year old fabrics so there are signs of age and wear. The silk is surprisingly very nice with no large areas of fraying, we often see the fabric on these in shreds. It does have a rubbed section that appears mostly white on the lower right edge of the lid as seen in photos. The velvet has discoloration, some darker areas, especially to the ring slots and plenty of areas of rub marks to the velvet but still appears complete. The two small lids don’t really snap into place, more just rest over the compartments and the acorn handles are attached only by a wire through it so they tend to wobble and spin. I believe the lids are just thin lightweight balsam wood coated in paper with the tops covered in velvet. Some very faint smudges and translucent spots/ specks to the exterior antique finish, some crazing lines and wear in certain light but overall very rich, deep dark wood and beautiful brass. Some wear to the brass inlay. The base of the box is also wood and has some scratches. The feet spin but are secure, one looks like it was fortified but it stands sturdily. All pretty normal age related wear. It teeters a few millimeters on the four feet but is not warped. The back of the pocket watch holder is paper and has some tears. Just being super picky, it is still very usable and quite amazing considering age. The hinges are nice and sturdy so the lid opens and closes beautifully. I don't have a key although I think replacements can be found?

I have loved having it and feel it is one of the better ones I have seen. But my disclaimer with all my estate pieces - due to age, please note this piece is not in mint condition.

Thanks so much for looking at my items!


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