An exquisite jewelry box of a richness and uniqueness of material and craftsmanship that is exemplary. The lock is a patented design by Joseph Bramah and was likely executed by his company around 1880. His shop at 124 Piccadilly was well known for its selection of jewelry, traveling and writing boxes. Whether this box was made in his shop or commissioned from other artisans before being fitted with his lock is unknown, but it was ultimately designed to be retailed by Tiffany & Co. and bears their stamp in the brass as well as along the edge of the skin. It lacks the key, which would operate a lock intended to baffle even the cleverest of thieves. Designing locks that were resistant to being picked was a source of pride for Bramah and for 67 years they had the "Challenge Lock" on display in their shop window with the offer of 200 guineas reward for anyone able to pick it. The present box opens to reveal a removable fitted blue silk velvet shelf over a large open storage space.
Measurements: 4" H x 10" W x 6 7/8" D
Condition Report: Some edge wear at rear corners where skin comes together. No key. Original fittings, fabrics and hardware.