A superb quality jewellery box and a wonderful size measuring 12" x 9" x 7". The leather covered box has a military or campaign style folding carrying handle to the top.
The lock is a Bramah lock, used only on the finest of English boxes. The polished brass escutcheon is what is known as a "slider", the key is turned to unlock and the top of the escutcheon is slid down to open the box, to close, the box snaps shut, so the key should never be left inside the box!
Once the box is opened, the top fitted tray is sprung and pops up. The two trays below are both removable, making it easier to find the piece of jewellery you are looking for.
The entire interior is original lined in a rich Amethyst coloured velvet. The box is signed in gold embossing by the maker, A & L Moses, 26 The Hard, Portsea. This signature surrounds an Anchor emblem. Portsea, part of Portsmouth, Hampshire where the HMS Victory is docked, has a long naval history, the shop is described as goldsmiths, jewellers, watch manufacturers, and opticians. They were naval agents and by appointment to Admiralty; it is likely that a smart top-quality box like this would have been purchased by a senior naval officer for his wife.
Excellent condition with minor wear commensurate with age. Victorian in era, dating to around 1860.