Very rare Victorian ebonized jewelry display stand, with ceramic insert bearing the shop name, Cooke and Kelvey, the Jewelers of India. Cooke and Kelvey were an important jeweler in India during the British occupation. Founded about 1858, they were based in Calcutta and were a very high quality Jewelry company, similar to Tiffany in America or Asprey in England. The British Raj was at its height in the 1860's through the 1870's (Victoria was crowned Empress of India in 1877), and the occupying forces brought English buying power into the economy, commissioning high quality jewelry, furniture, and other items. Anglo Indian items are now highly collectible and historic, tangible remnants of a colonial history which has left a very mixed legacy. This would be a wonderful display item in a jewel case or with other colonial or Victorian pieces, the stand measures 5" wide by 2 1/2" tall and is in good antique order with just normal and age appropriate wear.
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