This old metal jewelry box has the graceful lines generally seen in Art Nouveau pieces. It has a floral design that reminds me of poppies and oak leaves but I am not a botanist and could be way off base as to what the flowers and leaves are actually supposed to be. The stem of two flowers arch over the top of the hinged lid almost creating a delicate handle for opening the box. Leaves are on all four sides of the box and a flower bud is on the front panel. It appears to be a white metal such as spelter with a copper colored flashing. This could have had a gold gilt over the copper originally but there really isn’t any evidence of it except for the two right legs that have a little bit of gold. Inside on both the top and bottom is a muted green silk fabric lining with a braided trim. The bottom has a textured pattern and is marked with JB on one foot and the number 339 on another foot. JB denotes the Jennings Bros. company of Bridgeport Connecticut. I believe this is from the early 1900’s.
It measures about 5 5/8” wide by 3” deep and 4 ¼” high to the top of the handle. It is in very nice condition with minor wear. The hinge is in good condition and it closes properly. There is some dark discoloration of the copper and I have not tried cleaning it for fear of removing the finish and going through to the base metal. There are three tiny holes in the lid which I have pointed out in the photos but this appears to be a manufacturing flaw. The thin silk is in fairly good with light wear and fraying and the braided trim has pulled away from the sides so some of the fabric edges and filling show around the edge.
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