Rare Jewellery Boxes

Rare Jewellery Boxes

From the Georgian period (circa 1800-1820) the most popular boxes were made from gilt brass and had finely carved cameos made from oyster shell mounted in the top of the boxes. Oyster shell cameos are very hard to come by making these a rare collectible item.

During the Victorian era (1837-1901), porcelain trinket boxes became the rage. These beautifully crafted boxes featured tiny figurines on the lids usually of flowers or animals. These boxes can still be found on the shelves of antique shops or by visiting antiques websites.

1800s jewellery boxes
1800s jewellery boxes

Up until the early 1800s jewellery boxes were made by hand, making each box as individual as the person it was made for.

In the early 1900s the metal jewellery box craze-Art Nouveau was born in France. The boxes were crafted from cast metal and finished in gold, silver, copper or ivory. Again a variety of motifs were used, the most popular being flowers.

Flowered boxes capitalized on the Victorian trend of sending messages through flowers, with each flower type boasting a different meaning.

The materials used were not so durable as today hence the reason why they are so rare.
However there are still some around in a reasonable enough condition for a die-hard collector to find.