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This is a beautiful Art Deco jewellery box, dating to the mid 1930s. Its exterior has a Macassar Ebony wood veneer, and there is a lovely shaped chrome knob on the lid.
The Macassar Ebony veneer on the this box has 2 varieties of cut. That to the lid is crown cut and that to all four sides is quarter cut. Using 2 cuts displays the different grains, figuration, and stripes within the wood, and makes for a beautiful contrast! The veneer has a glossy, polished and varnished finish.
There is a description of Macassar Ebony further down this page.
The base of the box has its original felt covering and the box has its original gold metal stop hinges. These prevent the lid from falling back.
The interior has a removable storage tray with 2 individual compartments, and a larger single compartment beneath. The tray is made of Cedar wood and has its original simulated leather covering on the base.
All of the compartments, and the inside of the lid, have their original padded red satin linings.
About Macassar Ebony
Macassar Ebony is a tropical wood with beautiful black and chocolate brown stripes. It is hard and heavy and polishes to a beautiful finish. It is a well suited wood for decorative items, because of its beautiful characteristic stripes, and also for the finish that can be achieved with it.
Macassar Ebony is also known as Coromandel, Calamander, and Variegated Ebony. Macassar or Makassar Ebony trees are found on the Asian, Indian and African continents. The trees are rarely seen these days and the timber from them is becoming scarce. As a result it is now among the highest priced timbers in the world.
This wonderful box is in lovely condition for its 80 years of age. It is structurally sound and has no knocks. There is some age related wear to the exterior veneer as we'd expect on a box of this age. There are superficial light scratches within the varnish around the bottom of the box. The wear to the lid is a little heavier.
There is some wear to the felt covering on the base of the box, but the majority of it is still intact.
The interior satin linings are in excellent condition with no splits, pulls, or fraying. From the inside the box appears to have been seldom used.
Please use the following measurements to ensure the box is the right size for your requirements. It is lovely medium size with good use made of the internal space.
Removable Tray Compartments x 2:
7.6 by 6.7cm with a 1.2cm depth.
Larger Single Compartment:
14.5 by 8.5cm with a 5.2cm depth.
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