This lovely dresser box is composed of a custard colored glass blank finished in the Helmschmied Swirl pattern, named for C. F. Monroe decorator Carl V. Helmschmied. The hinged lid has been hand painted in a delicate floral pattern and features light brown paint accented with raised robin's egg blue and yellow enamel. The box has shiny brass trim and the interior of the bottom retains its original rose colored silk lining which has minor soiling related to age and light use. The lining inside the lid is no longer present.
The C. F. Monroe Company was founded in the late 19th century by Charles Fabyan Monroe in Meriden, Connecticut. The company was well known for its finely decorated opaque glass dresser boxes which were beautifully painted in delicate floral patterns. Wave Crest closed its doors in 1916.
This box is in good antique condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. The hinged lid is fully functional and closes securely on the base. The piece has not been cleaned and remains in the condition in which it was found. The box stands 2.5" tall as measured from the display surface to the top of the lid and is 3.25" at its widest point. The piece weighs in at just over 9oz.
This glass dresser box displays beautifully and would be a great addition to a collection of Wave Crest or other fine antique glass. A charming piece!
Antique Wave Crest Helmschmied Swirl Pattern Hand Painted Dresser Box