This is a small square deep blue leatherette box with gilt tooling. When opened it reveals a fitted interior - the main section being of a deep midnight blue velvet bordered with braid. There are four slots that are specifically for one large and three smaller dress studs (the large one presumably for the collar and the others for the front of the shirt). These are marked ‘H.W.Ld’ as well as ‘9’, ‘.375’, an anchor and a Z in a rectangular punch mark and this would date either to the end of the Victorian era or to the early Edwardian period, but assayed in Birmingham. The lid of the box has presumably a retailer’s stamp for ‘W.J. King, Watchmaker and Jeweller, High Street, Kings Lynn’. The box is in very good condition for age apart from a small area of surface loss on the lid and it opens and closes satisfactorily. This would be a nice addition to a collection of gentleman’s accessories. 2 ins (5.5cm) x 2 ins (5.5cm) x 0.75 ins (1.5cm). Weight 38 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 398.
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