SHOPPING FUN in the “early days.” With the development of a Middle Class in 1900 America, also came some discretionary funds for family spending. And the end of the 1800’s saw the creation of the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck catalogs and others soon after. So, browsers could merely “turn the page” to shop for necessities as well as discover items which they found appealing. Enter the jewel box, casket, trinket box, pictured as early as 1905 in Macy’s catalog. THE JEWEL BOX BOOK shows pages of jewel boxes in seventeen catalogs, 1905-1915: size, finish, price, etc. specified. The past brought forward to the present–Today’s opportunity for discovery and identification.
JEWEL BOX FINISHES Art Metal manufacturers experimented with many finishes. Jewel caskets were electroplated with gold (sometimes called “Ormolu”), silver, and a variety of other finishes such as “French Bronze,” “Roman Gold,” “Pompeian Gold,” “French Gray,” “Parisian Silver,” and copper. About 1911, ivory finishes were introduced. These boxes were painted with enamel, then finished with various oxides, resulting in “Old Ivory,” “Oriental Ivory,” and “Tinted Ivory.” Ivory enamel finished boxes were advertised as “more lasting than gold- or silver-plated boxes” and, in fact, they were.
SHOP NOW, THE JEWEL BOX BOOK pictures and describes Art Nouveau, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Revival Period jewel boxes, and provides easy reference for the spellbound collector or charmed novice. Over 500 rich color photos accompany this fascinating 208-pages narrative about the history, motifs, composition, and sales of jewel boxes manufactured in America between 1900-1925+. Value Guide. Fine quality printing and binding.
EVERY PURCHASE of The Jewel Box Book includes: Art Nouveau Metal Boxes and Caskets ~ A Summary Repair and Restoration Guide by Steven P. Pody, Master collector (refinisher and restorer) of more than 950 Nouveau Jewel Boxes. He co-authored the Collectors Journal article, “Nouveau Jewelry Boxes Portray Spring Floral Fantasies” with Joanne Wiertella. He is also Author of the The Panoptikon: An Adventure of Poetic Thought….
- And one FREE jewelry box valuation by Joanne V. Wiertella
THE JEWEL BOX BOOK: The Definitive Guide to American Art Metal Jewelry Boxes 1900-1925
Hardcover ISBN 0-9763710-0-6 $42ea
Softcover ISBN 0-9763710-1-4 $30ea ( fold-in flaps for durability)
Both versions are available at ebay. And both are available directly from the author, Joanne V Wiertella—PayPal, Check, or Money Order—firstname.lastname@example.org