Kelva Dresser box in an unusual black decoration. This oval shaped box has brass mountings, and sits on 4 feet. Size is 5.25 by 3.75 inches oval by 4 inches high. The black mottled background is very striking. Hand painted pink flowers cover the lid. White moriaga dots decorate the pink festoons. The glass is in perfect condition. The silk lining is shot. It's in there, but shredded. The paint decoration is nice, all I see is a few white dots flaked off one pink ribbon on the left side. See the last photo. One dot has flaked off the lid. These are relatively small issues, considering the paint overall looks bright and crisp. The white dots are raised, so they do have a tendency to flake with normal usage. And besides, this box was made in c. 1905. Hinge is strong, and clasp works well. The Kelva red ink stamp is signed on the bottom. Kelva was a form of Wavecrest ware that was trademarked in 1904, made by C. F. Monroe Company of Meriden, Ct. Most Wavecrest type wares are pale, soft colors. I thought this piece is unusual because of the black color. I did not attempt to polish the metal or clean the glass. The base glass is opal with a satin finish. If you collect antique American art glass, you will know that Kelva is harder to find than Wavecrest.
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Kelva Art Glass Box C. F. Monroe Wavecrest