Antique Hand Painted Papier Mache Jewellery Box

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Antique Hand Painted Papier Mache Jewellery Box

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This is a beautiful antique jewellery/trinket box, made of papier mache.  It was made during the late Victorian period, dating to 1880/1890.

The exterior has a black lacquered finish and beautiful hand painted Daisies and Forget Me Not's.  There is also a pretty hand painted Monarch Butterfly.  All of these subjects have Victorian symbolic meanings as detailed below.  These make this box that extra bit special! What also makes it special is that it has a lovely hinged lid, because most papier mache boxes have standard lift off lids.  The hinges are original and they prevent the lid from falling back.

The interior has a vibrant, crimson red lacquered finish.

The Victorian Symbolism On This Box

The Daisies symbolize purity and innocence.

The Forget Me Not's say the message 'Remember Me'.

The Butterfly symbolizes the soul - its rebirth or resurrection.

The History Of This Box

This box started life as a multi functional item, for trinkets, jewellery, letters, handkerchiefs etc etc.  It can still be used to store a multitude of items.  It would look lovely on a dressing table as storage for jewellery, trinkets or cotton wool etc.  It would equally look lovely on a dresser or cabinet, as storage for tissues, letters or nik naks.


This beautiful box is in great condition for its 125 plus years of age.  The colours of the painted decoration are still vivid, as is the red lacquered interior.

The black lacquered exterior is still nice and glossy, and has only minor light age related wear.  There are a few little chips on the bottom of the box, just along the bottom edge of one side.  These are barely visible and are only really evident when you turn the box over.

The hinges are still in excellent working order.


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

Length: 17.7cm
Width:  14.7cm
Height:   5.9cm

Interior compartment:

16.0 by 13.0cm with a 4.9cm depth.


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

International postage is £25, delivered fast within 5-7 working days.  Postage is by Royal Mail International Tracked.

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