Beautiful Refurbished French Antique Jewellery Casket

( JB631 )
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A beautifully refurbished antique jewellery casket, dating to 1910. The exterior has lovely hand-carved flowers and leaves and the interior has new satin and velvet panels. The casket is made of solid Walnut and has a working lock and key.

Beautiful Refurbished French Antique Jewellery Casket

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This is a beautiful antique jewellery casket, dating to 1910. It was made in France and has lovely inscriptions carved into the inside of the lid. The interior has been beautifully refurbished and the casket is complete with its original working lock.

The Exterior

This casket is made of solid Walnut and has beautiful hand-carved wooden embellishments. There are large high relief stemmed flowers and leaves to the lid, surrounded by a beautiful moulded frame, plus a carved garland of smaller leafy flowers to the front of the casket.

The lid has beautiful contoured edges and the casket stands raised on a beautifully moulded, stepped plinth base.

The inside of the lid has such beautiful hand-carved inscriptions! 'Grenoble 1910' to both the bottom left and top right, plus 'Mese, mese...' to the centre. These inscriptions were likely added for the casket's original owner, in memory of a certain time/place/event. See more of our thoughts about this below.

The casket is complete with its original brass hinges and working lock. It has an antique replacement key from the same period as the casket that has been fitted to the lock.

The bottom of the box has its original small shaped wooden feet.

The Interior

The interior has a lovely deep storage compartment which has been fully refurbished by ourselves. There is a new padded velvet panel to the base of the compartment and new satin panels to the walls.

The New Panels and Linings

All of these were completely handmade in order to fit the compartment perfectly.

The padded velvet base panel provides cushioned protection for jewellery.

High-quality Duchess satin has been used for the wall panels. This has a lovely sheen and a beautiful tight weave. Premium cotton velvet has been used for the base panel. This has a lovely plush texture and it makes a beautiful contrast against the smooth satin. Both fabrics are a Royal Blue shade.

Our Refurbishment Work/Service

You can view more of our refurbishment work by visiting our Jewellery Box Lining Service and Jewellery Box Lining Portfolio pages. Please contact us if you'd like to bring one of your own jewellery boxes back to life!

History of the Box

This beautiful box may have started its life as a very expensive Table box or similar, perhaps being used to store serviettes, napkin rings, and the like. This would tie in with the 'Mese, mese...' inscription, with the word mese translating to 'dinner' in English.

The 'Grenoble 1910' inscriptions likely refer to the original owner's location in France and the year the casket was made.

These are our own personal thoughts which have not been established as fact. Whatever the meanings behind the inscriptions, they add a certain amount of provenace to the casket. It is a wonderful piece of social history!


This casket is in very good condition for its age. All of the carvings are present and intact. There is only minor light wear to the lid and sides, commensurate with age and honest use. There are scratches to the bottom of the casket, from where it has been moved around on surfaces over the past 110 years or so. This is to be expected on such an old casket that has been loved and used. Obviously you cannot see these scratches unless the casket is turned upside down.

The lid is slightly warped on the right hand side, creating what is known as a 'smile' in the antiques trade. This does not prevent the casket from being locked. The smile is not very noticeable at all, because the lid extends beyond the front wall of the casket. You can only see the smile if the casket is viewed at eye level.

The interior satin and velvet panels are in immaculate condition, being new.

The casket locks securely with its replacement fitted key.

Notes About Antique Locks

We would like to make you aware that antique locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and so will naturally have some wear from age and use. We are not responsible for locks that may malfunction from further age and use once boxes are purchased.

Please ensure the lock is working as soon as you receive the box. It will be checked again prior to posting.

You can view our full returns policy which includes locks by visiting our Payments And Returns page.


Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements.

Length:  29.2cm (across the lid)
Width:    18.7cm (across the lid)
Height:   14.8cm (including the feet)

Interior Compartment:

22.3 by 12.4cm with an 11.0cm depth.


This box will be posted FREE within the UK by Royal Mail Next Day Special Delivery.

International postage is £30 by Royal Mail International Tracked and/or Signed For postage. Delivery is fast, within 3-5 working days to Europe and 5-7 working days to the rest of the world. Delivery may be longer depending on the speed of your local postal service and/or if your package has to go through customs. Please note that we cannot deliver to international PO boxes as we use a secure insured postal service that requires a signature.

Customs and VAT fees

International customers are responsible for paying any applicable customs duties, customs clearance/handling fees and/or VAT. These fees are NOT included in the prices of our boxes or our postage fees.

Please visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

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