We love the ornateness of these old so-called 'celluloid' dresser boxes. They were common gifts to both men and women in the early years of the 20th century and often were fitted with shaving mugs, manicure and other vanity items.
The term 'celluloid' refers to the thin sheets of this material which covered and protected the paper-covered wooden boxes. The sheets were sometimes embossed with additional patterns and designs, only adding to the charming 'gaudiness'.
This example measures 13 3/4" x 4 1/2" x 3" and was made to hold neckties. The elaborate lettering and rose and scroll embellishments have been embossed into the celluloid and painted on the underside in pastel shades of yellow, pink and green. The interior is lined with pleated blue silk.
Not in the best condition but displays nicely. The celluloid has chipped and lifted around the end pieces and edges and part of the clasp is missing. The interior lining has shredding and stains. Please let the photographs further illustrate the condition. No mustiness noted.