This antique dresser box was used for storing old shirt collars and cuffs. The case is made of wood which is covered in a heavy, textured paper generally referred to as leatherette. It has two hinged sections which are lined in a silk or satin like hot pink fabric. The top section has a lined cylinder where the cuffs would be kept with the collars around the outside. On the back panel of the lid is a brass piece which is held on by round headed tacks. In theory this may have been for cuff links but the slot is too narrow for any of the cuff links that I tried. Also, the tacks are not all the way seated and they are too long to be hammered in any further without sticking out the back of the lid. All that said, I don’t know but think this piece may not be original although it does show well. The bottom section is much shallower and cuff links, shirt studs or other jewelry might have been kept there. Both sections have an ornate brass clasp on the front with simple brass hinges on the back. The bottom of the box is covered with a decorative paper. I believe this is probably from the late 1800’s or very early 1900’s.
It measures about 7 ¾” wide by 7” deep. It measures about 7 ½” high at the back and about 6 ½” at the front. The inside of the top compartment measures about 5 3/4" by 5 3/4" by 2" plus the depth of the lid. The circular piece measures about 3" inside diameter or 3 1/4" outside diameter or 10 1/2" outside circumference. The inside of the bottom portion measures about 5 3/4" by 5 3/4" by 1 1/4" high. It is in very nice condition with minor outside wear. There is one small dent on the lid where it curves. The brass clasp and hinges are discolored and I have not tried to clean or polish them. The fabric is generally pretty good with minor soiling and a little thread bare in places. The paper on the bottom is a little ragged along the edges. Overall I think the piece is in fairly good condition.
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Vintage Collar, Cuff and Jewelry Box – 2 Section Black Leatherette Paper