This early jewelry box is a wonderful example of Victorian Japanned paper mache’ furnishings. The paper mache’ of that period is not the same as our current paper mache’. In the earlier period, they used cotton rags, glue and linseed and compressed it into sheets or molds and then baked it. The result was a product that was extremely lightweight but hard enough to saw or drill. Then the item was japanned or black lacquered multiple times and then decorated and finally varnished. This jewelry box has its original lock and key, which is amazing. Another amazing feature is its condition, which is excellent given its age and vulnerability. The domed lid and the front of the box have a hand painted floral design which looks like pansies. They are framed in gold leaf transfer design. The 2 sides are highlighted in a similar decoration. When the front is unlocked, it drops down and further expands to reveal a leather covered slanted surface which is well supported. Most likely this was used to set out your matching jewel sets. The top lid is released and lifts up to reveal a storage box with its original padded purple silk lining. This was used to store pins and brooches. Below are 3 drawers with their tiny bone knobs. The jewel cabinet rests on cut out bracket feet accented with gold pin striping. The finish appears all original and is in excellent condition. What a jewel this is and the fact it has survived in such amazing condition. 10"h X 8.5"w X 7.5"d, Condition: Excellent, Circa: 1850's.