You are looking at a gorgeous and somewhat rare Victorian (late 1800's) celluloid upright box, which was used to store cabinet cards and/or postcards.
The celluloid top features two peach colored roses & leaves, which appear to be by Catherine Klein; the background is done in a gold floral pattern. There is raised embossed antique gold scrollwork surrounding the peach roses.
The front of the box is also celluloid and features the same gold floral background. The center "scene" features a snowy winter scene, which is surrounded by raised embossed antique gold scrollwork.
There is gold metal latch in front, which is intact and works perfectly.
The base, sides and back are done in the same gold floral pattern, but it is paper, not celluloid.
The inside is done in pink; the top is shirred cotton and the bottom and sides in pink paper.
The overall condition is excellent, especially when you consider it's well over 100 years old. The celluloid is perfect with no cracks, splits, etc. There is very minor paper loss mainly on the edges. The paper is just a bit dirty here and there, and one side, the back & base have wrinkles in the paper (see pic's). The pink paper inside has staining; the top shirred portion is fine.
The measurements are: 8 ¾" across the front base; 4" from the back of the base to the front; 6 ½" tall from the base.
This Victorian cabinet card/postcard holder is stunning in every way; it's very difficult to find one with a winter scene and beautiful roses, not to mention the superb condition. You definitely will not be disappointed; it displays beautifully plus it's perfect for anyone who collects antique cabinet cards/postcards.
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Item ID: 1345
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