Antique Victorian Period
Ladies Jewellery Box
Rare Coromandel Wood
Brass Inlay & Stringing
A beautiful 19th century Victorian ladies jewellery box. Made in extremely rare coromandel wood veneer with beautiful organic inlay brass design and stringing to finish. The lid opens to a well appointed exquisite lined interior with compartments for rings, braclets, earrings etc within a lift out tray to lower compartment.
The lining is ruched plush velvet type cloth covering the inner lid and lift out ray.
The cartouche to the lid is not engraved so could easily be personalized to make a wonderful gift to the woman in your life. The lock is intact, no key is present.
The box is in lovely aged antique condition with some light wear marks.
Would make a wonderful gift to the special lady in your life
Dimensions: 11 3/4"(29.8cm) wide by 8 3/4"(22.3cm) deep by 6"(14.8cm) tall
During the reign of Queen Victoria, Coromandel was considered one of the most exotic, luxurious and expensive woods to work with and it was the veneer of choice for some of the finest boxes.
Coromandel wood was sourced from India and South East Asia and was an incredibly dense, close-grained wood. Visually a more vibrant and figured (patterned) variety from the Ebony family, the actual species of Coromandel became virtually extinct by the beginning of the 20th century. Today, the nearest relation to Coromandel is Macassar Ebony.
The sewing box or work box was a much loved personal home accessory, where the lady it belonged to kept her embroidery tools and materials. As ladies of a certain social standing did not have many outlets for their artistic creativity, ability to compose and embroider designs on fabric was seen as a major accomplishment.
There are many references in literature to sewing, embroidery tools and boxes. In Jane Austen's Mansfield Park the heroine Fanny Price finds solace in "the room...most dear to her" where " The table between the windows was covered with work-boxes and netting -boxes…" Jane Austen herself had a large Chinese export lacquer box/table on stand complete with fitted tray
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