During the high fashion period of the Victorian Era detachable starched collars and cuffs were a necessary part of a well-dressed gentleman's attire. A special container was needed to keep this accessory organized and protected. Many of the collar and cuff boxes were constructed of celluloid, developed in England by Alexander Parkes in 1855. In the 1860's, an American, John Wesley Hyatt, acquired Parkes's patent.
This fabulous Victorian celluloid collar box, circa 1875-1900, has it all. The beautiful lithograph motif starts with the lid portraying a Venus, Italy scene of architecture, canals and gondolas. The sides is a panorama of delicate blue and purple violet blossoms and green leaves. The front cartouche is a portrait of four young girls, attired in their fanciest outfits, with the most precious faces you have ever seen; your heart will melt. The pink silk lining is in good condition and the metal clasp and hinges are original, secure and function well. The celluloid is all intact; no cracks, chips, repairs or loose pieces. The box measures 6 3/4" across and 5 3/4" in height. An added bonus is the 7 original collars still in the box, size 13 to 15 1/2.