Stylish Art Deco Crocodile Skin Jewellery Box

( JB475 )
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Stylish Art Deco jewellery box, dating to the 1930s. Rich chestnut brown Crocodile skin. Lovely original interior with silk and velvet linings. High-quality retracting quadrant hinges. Working lock and key.

Beautiful Art Deco Crocodile Skin Jewellery Box

Please contact us if you are looking for a similar box and we will endeavour to source one for you!

This is a beautifully lined Art Deco jewellery box dating to the 1930s. It is covered with replenished Crocodile skin and is complete with its original working lock and key.

The Exterior

This box has a lovely Crocodile skin covering which is a rich chestnut brown shade. It has its original large decorative Chrome escutcheon and its original working Chrome lock and key. It also has its original high-quality Chrome retracting quadrant hinges.

There is a small monogram to the front right corner of the lid which appears to read C.T.S or G.T.S. This is not overly obvious because its gold embossed finish has faded with age.

The bottom of the box has its original thin black textured vinyl covering which has the appearance of leather.

The Crocodile Skin

The Crocodile skin has been beautifully replenished and polished by our skilled box restorer. This has made it much more supple and less prone to drying out and cracking.

The skin has a smooth yet textured feel and there is beautiful patterning within the scales.

Distinguishing Between Crocodile & Alligator Skin/Patterns On Scales

Crocodile skin differs from Alligator skin. The Crocodile doesn't have such an elaborate umbilical scar. Usually, if the skin is Alligator, its distinctive scar will be placed predominantly on the product to prove that it's authentic. It is also used on the product as it makes for a beautiful feature. As Crocodile skin has a much smaller umbilical scar, its scales are much more uniform and regular in shape than those on Alligator skin.

The patterning within each scale of Crocodile 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 Crocodile skin from fake skin. You may find looking at the different patterns on this box most interesting and enjoyable!

There are underdeveloped osteoderms (horny growths) on Crocodile skin, even on the reptile's smoother abdominal section. These osteoderms have a denser structure and cannot be dyed as deeply as other parts of the skin that don't have them. Upon careful inspection, you will see that authentic dyed Crocodile skin will have a variation in colour, i.e lighter and darker shades. You can clearly see the variation of colour on the skin of this particular box.

Crocodile skin has tiny depressed pores (follicles where hairs would've been) on the edges of its scales. Unfortunately, you cannot always see these on very aged vintage/antique items. Alligator scales do not have these.

The Interior

The interior has a removable storage tray at the top and a fairly spacious single compartment beneath.

The tray has four compartments of differing shapes and sizes plus two ring storage sections on either side of these. The centre compartment has its original padded velvet cushion and velvet linings. The ring storage sections are covered with the same matching velvet. The other three compartments have their original padded silk panels. The exterior and interior walls of the tray are covered with the same textured black vinyl that is on the bottom of the box. The tray has pull tabs which enable you to lift it out of the box with ease. These too are covered with the same black vinyl.

The lower compartment plus the inside of the lid, have their original padded silk panels. The interior walls of the lower compartment are again lined with the black vinyl.


This beautiful stylish box is still in excellent condition despite its 90 or so years of age. It has sound structure and no damage.

The lock and hinges are still in very good working order.

The interior silk and velvet linings are still great! They are neatly fitted and have no splits or fraying. There are a few teeny ink spots to the silk in the rear compartment of the tray. There are some minor fine pulls to the silk in certain areas which are in no way unsightly or overly obvious.

The Crocodile skin, being newly replenished, is in extremely good condition.

There is some wear around the edges of the vinyl covering on the bottom of the box. This is from age and friction.

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:  23.0cm
Width:    15.5cm
Height:   11.5cm

Interior Tray - Rear Compartment:

15.0 by 4.5cm with a 2.0cm depth.

Interior Tray - Centre Compartment:

7.5 by 6.0cm with a 1.5cm depth.

Interior Tray - Side Compartments x 2:

8.2 by 3.8cm with a 2.2cm depth.

Ring Storage Sections:

Each holds approx five 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 £15 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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