Dating to c.1910-1920, I am thrilled to present this beautiful and historic musical jewelry box for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 8 1/2" long x 6" wide x 3 1/3" tall, this musical jewelry box is a one-of-a-kind, top-quality work of art with a historic social message! Crafted from solid mahogany, this exquisite box features a burled walnut-veneered top inset with a sterling silver plaque engraved with a lady ringing a bell, with the motto "Woman Suffrage is Coming" in elegant, Art Nouveau script! Given the style of dress and hat that the lady is wearing, I would date this box to c.1915. The edge of the top is also inlaid with a band of sterling silver (both the plaque and band unmarked but tested)!
The case of the box is superbly-carved, and the box rests on it's original bun feet. But wait; it gets even better! This box is fitted with a musical mechanism which still winds and plays a classical tune! (I recognize this melody, but I cannot remember it's name; in any case, the sound is nothing short of exquisite!) This box must have been commissioned for a Suffragette of wealth and high social standing, as neither the silver nor the box is not marked. However, the use of rosewood and mahogany as well as sterling silver indicates that this music box would have been very expensive and impressive when it was crafted 100 years ago!
The inside of the box has a deep compartment suitable for keepsakes, a suffragette jewelry collection, love letters, or anything you can name! This is a substantial box, and best of all, it is in all-original, 100% intact condition, without losses, repairs or damage of any kind. One really wishes that it could talk as well as "sing!" Simply the MOST intriguing box, musical or otherwise, that this dealer of 30 years has ever beheld, this jewelry box recalls an era when women truly had to ring bells to be noticed, and is an important piece of Women's Suffrage memorabilia!
If you collect the BEST in antique music or jewelry boxes, you cannot do much better than this! It would also make a thrilling gift for anyone fascinated with the Suffrage movement, and will be very carefully wrapped. This box weighs approx. 4 pounds, and will be shipped by Priority mail flat rate. (If you are ordering outside of the continental United States, please e-mail me for shipping rates.) Do not miss this miraculous survival; up to 30-day layaway is available, and your USPS Priority shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
I WILL BE OUT OF THE OFFICE From 10/5-10/25. Orders May Be Placed and Paid For, But Will Not Be Shipped Until 10/26. Thanks!