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 beautiful Victorian celluloid collar box, circa 1875-1900, has it all. The box is primarily covered with blue/green celluloid. The gently curved lid and front has a large sculptured cartouche of crimson celluloid framed by embossed ivory colored celluloid scrolls highlighted with antique gold paint. In the center of this cartouche is a smaller one with the same scroll framework featuring the portrait of a gorgeous Victorian lady pouring water from a large jug. The colors are ivory and gold against a sepia background. The original interior is a vivid rose/pink lining. The metal clasp and hinges are also original. The box measures 6 1/2" in length, 6 1/4" across and 6" in height. Wonderful piece from the Victorian era.
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