Silk Lined Art Deco Alligator Skin Jewellery Box

( JB476 )
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Stylish Art Deco Alligator skin jewellery box with working lock and key. Circa 1920s/30s. Original high-quality watered silk and velvet linings. Chrome lock, escutcheon and quadrant hinges.

Silk Lined Art Deco Alligator Skin Jewellery Box

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This is a stylish Art Deco jewellery box. It is covered with valuable Alligator skin and has beautiful polished chrome fitments.

The Exterior

This box has a real Alligator skin covering. This has a lovely warm chestnut brown shade and a soft Nubuck finish. This finish was created by manually refining the skin, using a grinding process. Further details on the skin are below.

The box has a polished chrome working lock with key and a large decorative polished chrome keyhole escutcheon. The lock is stamped BRITISH MADE. The key is a vintage replacement which locks the box securely.

The box has beautiful polished chrome hinges. These are high-quality retracting quadrant hinges.

The bottom of the box has its original covering.

The Alligator Skin

The Alligator skin has been nicely positioned to show off its umbilical scar. This runs vertically on each side of the box, both on the right-hand side. This has created a somewhat matching pattern. The scar can also be seen on the back of the box, on the left and right-hand sides. It is narrower in these areas.

An Alligator's umbilical scar is much more elaborate than that of a Crocodile's. It is wider and has a distinctive webbed pattern. This makes Alligator skin much more sought after and in turn more valuable than crocodile skin. The Alligator's umbilical scar is so impressive that manufacturers make it a feature on boxes, handbags and purses etc. They will often place it prominently down the centre of their goods.

The patterning within each scale of Alligator skin is never exactly the same, in the same way that no two fingerprints are ever identical. This is one of the ways you can decipher real Alligator skin from fake skin.

The Interior

The top of the interior has a removable storage tray with a centre compartment and two ring storage sections. Beneath this is a further, larger single compartment.

Both compartments plus the inside of the lid, have their original padded silk panels. The silk is high-quality watered silk with a natural-looking beige shade.

The exterior and interior walls of the storage tray have their original tan leather coverings. The tray also has tan leather pull tabs which enable you to lift it from the box with ease. The ring storage sections have their original russet-coloured velvet coverings.

The bottom of the tray, plus the interior walls of the lower compartment, have their original tan coverings. These match the covering on the bottom of the box.

The interior walls of the lid are covered in Alligator skin.


Circa 1920s/30s


This box is still in very good condition despite its 90/100 years of age. There is very little wear to the Alligator skin, just one small area to the left of the escutcheon that has been scratched.

The interior silk and velvet linings are still in lovely condition overall. They are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying.

The silk within the tray has some minor stained speckles. The tan leather has some minor surface scratches and marks. There is a small fine pen mark to the rear wall in the lower compartment. These are only minor imperfections which are in no way unsightly.

Notes About Vintage Locks

We would like to make you aware that vintage locks can occasionally malfunction. They are already very old and 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 still 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:  18.0cm
Width:   13.5cm
Height:    9.5cm

Storage Tray Compartment:

10.0 by 9.2cm with a 2.3cm depth.

Lower Compartment:

14.2 by 11.2cm with a 4.5cm depth.

Ring Storage Sections:

Each holds approx 5 rings depending on their shapes and sizes.


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

International postage is £20 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 visit our Orders & Delivery page for further details.

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