This unusually shaped ring box may well be similar in intention to its larger Mariage cousins or for an intensely religious owner. The whole item consists of a gilt metal frame with padded red leather “seat” and “armrest”. The seat for “kneeling”, when lifted, reveals a space lined with teal-coloured silk for rings or very small pieces of jewellery. The front of the upright section has a two layered mirror each with a gilt frame. The condition of the frame and the ring box interior is very good for age as is the small central oval mirror. The outer mirror has significant brown spotting but it would be hard to replace a bevelled mirror of this shape and size. Despite this, the whole piece is a charming form item and would make a lovely addition to a collection of unusual jewellery boxes or marriage-related items. 3 ins (7.5cm) x 4.25 ins (11cm) 4.5 ins (12cm). Weight 180 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 410.
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