Offering a beautiful Papier Mache Jewelry Box or Casket from the late 1800's for your consideration. The scalloped top is decorated with images from the sea including shells made of mother-of-pearl inlay, handpainted shells and seaweed. The painting is done in subtle shades of light and dark brown with light shading of coral and pale gold. The scalloped base of the box is outlined with gold paint. This gold paint is worn off in areas all around the box.
The inside of the box is fitted with a removable tray divided into compartments. There is a ring storage area, a fitted spot for ones pocket watch, and three other smaller compartments. Under the tray is an area divided into two compartments. The blue velvet is probably original. I believe the stitched work on either side of the pocket watch compartment must have been added later. The hinges are tight and in good working order. There are signs of glue at the hinges where silver paper has been attached to the inside rim of the box top.
Condition: Overall very good for the age of the box. Three of the edges show wear in the area where the sides meet the front and back of the box. There is a 1/2" scratch on the right back corner of the top. On the bottom of the box there are two areas 1/2" each where chips can be seen. They are on the right front and back bottom.