Very rare Victorian ebonized jewelry display stand, with ceramic insert bearing the shop name, Cooke and Kelvey, the Jewellers of India. Cooke and Kelvey were a very important jeweler in India during the British occupation. Founded about 1858, they were based in Calcutta and were a very quality Jewelery company, similar to Tiffany in America or Asprey in England. The British Raj was at its height in the 1860's and 1870's (Victoria was crowned Empress of India in 1877), and the occupying forces brought English buying power into the economy, commissioning high quality jewelry,furniture, and other items. Anglo Indian items are now highly collectible and historic, tangible remnants of a colonial history which has left a very mixed legacy. Wonderful display item in a jewel case or with other colonial or Victorian pieces. Stand measures 5" wide by 2.5" tall.
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