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Celluloid Vanity Dresser Box Covered in Roses - Early 20th Century
A lovely old vanity or dresser box covered in rose printed paper and lined in light blue cotton. The top cover shows a bouquet of pink and yellow roses spilling from a blue bowl and the sides are covered in a smaller white rose print. The lid opens on brass hinges and is held in place by an ornate brass clamp. A square mirror is attached diagonally to the inside lid. Measures 9 1/2" by 6 1/2" by 3 1/2" tall.
These boxes were popular gift items for both men and women in the first part of the 20th Century until around the 1920's. They are often found with colorful (sometimes even rather gaudy) floral prints and some are fitted to hold various vanity implements or celluloid collars in the case of the men's boxes. They are often referred to as 'celluloid' which refers to the sheet of plastic (celluloid) that covers and protects the lithographed paper. Some are completely covered in celluloid and only the lid is covered on others, as in this example. The boxes are made of heavy cardboard or light wood.
This example is in nice condition. Strong structurally but with some paper and celluloid loss on one side of the lid a crack on the top which we have carefully glued down to prevent further loss. Notice that a small piece of the paper is missing here and the area is nicely disguised by the yellow rose. The interior is in nice condition, largely because the lining is cotton rather than the more delicate silk that was often used. The bottom fabric shows some soiling and discoloration while the lid upholstery is still very nice.
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