Antique English Edwardian Vintage Brass Mounted Wood Trinket Jewellery Work Box
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Antique English Edwardian Vintage Brass Mounted Wood Trinket Jewellery Work Box :
Worldwide shipping availableAntique English Edwardian PeriodBrass Decorated WoodTrinket - Work BoxCirca 1935
A beautiful stylish brass decorated wood Jewell - work - trinket box with exquisite grain. The lid opens to lift out tray with separate lidded compartments and pin cushions.
Made very much in the Edwardian style a lovely stylish piece.
Dimensions: 11"(27.9cm) wide by 7" (17.8cm) by 4 1/2"(11.4cm) high
In nice vintage solid condition, no key and two of the interior lids look like later replacements.
The sewing box or work box was a much loved personal home accessory, where the lady it belonged to kept her embroidery tools and materials. As ladies of a certain social standing did not have many outlets for their artistic creativity, ability to compose and embroider designs on fabric was seen as a major accomplishment.
There are many references in literature to sewing, embroidery tools and boxes. In Jane Austen's Mansfield Park the heroine Fanny Price finds solace in "the room...most dear to her" where " The table between the windows was covered with work-boxes and netting -boxes…" Jane Austen herself had a large Chinese export lacquer box/table on stand complete with fitted tray, which can still be seen in her house in Chawton.
The stylistic development of the work box mirrors that of the tea caddy. The main difference is that Tea Caddies are on the whole taller and narrower. The shapes and decoration however follow the same pattern except that work boxes revert to rectangular shapes after the middle of the 19th century.
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