This is an 1890's Victorian Silver Plated Jewelry Box Ladies Portrait. It is marked with an early Meriden /Wilcox Silver Plate in a circle with 2 jewelers hammers / Quadruple Plate and has the inventory item number of I(i) 963. This Company was started in 1869 and in 1896 ceased stamping their products " Quadruple " plate. It measures about 7" high, 5 7/8" across, measures 14 3/4" around the box, 4 5/8" across the Round Box. It has a fancy decorated handle, about 10" in length, that goes over the top of the Jewelry Box, like a Brides Basket Handle. It sits up about 1" on 4 fancy feet. It has a loop on the side of the box for a padlock to lock up the Jewelry box securely. It opens up in the lower part of Box and swivels to open and close. The shape of the storage box hidden inside when closed up is U shaped. The top of the box has a beautiful Persian / Turkish Maiden with a Mandolin instrument. The komuz or qomuz / Turkish Kopuz, is an ancient fretless string instrument used in Central Asian music, related to certain other Turkic string instruments and the lute. It is the best-known national instrument and one of the better-known Kyrgyz national symbols. The komuz is generally made from a single piece of wood (usually apricot or juniper) and has three strings traditionally made out of gut. In the most common tunings the middle string is the highest in pitch. Virtuosos frequently play the komuz in a variety of different positions; over the shoulder, between the knees and upside down. She has blonde ash hair and is in a deep daydreaming state. She is wearing a lacey gossamer cloth, barefooted, wearing a necklace and is wearing a round little cap / Turkish fez that is flat on the top. A Fez is a felt hat of two types: either in the shape of a truncated cone made of red felt, or a short cylinder made of kilim fabric, both usually with a tassel attached to the top. She is sitting outside on the balcony with blown leaves around her, a bowl of Fruit, a Pottery Vase on a wooden stand with a plant in the top that has tiny little pink blossoms. There is a draped white cloth over the wall where she is sitting. Looking over the Balcony, there is a scene in the far distant of Mountains and Trees.
Antique Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Napkin Rings, Victorian Objects