The Jewel Box Book Table of Contents

The 208 pages between the covers of this book contain an astounding gathering of information and knowledge for your reading and collecting pleasure. Here is a chapter-by-chapter outline of what you will find in The Jewel Box Book:

Boxes Through the Ages
The "Modern" Jewel Box (1900 to 1925)
A Medley of Styles

Floral Motifs
Revival Motifs
Other Motifs of the Period

Jewel Box Linings and Bottom Decoration
Metal Composition
From the Manufacturer to the Market
Pirating of Designs
Quality Control
Sales and Advertising

Sample Catalogs of the Time
Manufacturers and Their Boxes
Anchor Silver Plate Company
The Art Metal Works
Benedict Manufacturing Company
Brainard & Wilson Corporation
(P.A.) Coon Silver Manufacturing Company
Jennings Brothers Manufacturing Company
Kronheimer & Oldenbusch Company
(N.B.) Rogers Silver Plate Company
Weidlich Brothers Manufacturing Company

Other Boxes of the Period
Manufacturer Unknown
German Jewel Boxes

Back of Book
Collier's Cyclopedia, "The Language of Flowers
Dating Jewel Boxes
References: Catalogs, and other Publications Cited
Meaning of Other Common Motifs
Jewel Box Value Guide
Abbreviations Used in this Book


Jewelry boxes in the early 1900’s were also called “jewel cases,” “caskets” and occasionally “trinket boxes.” They were classified as Art Metal Wares and usually made of cast metal, finished—or plated–in gold, silver, copper or ivory. Floral motifs held a major place in the American jewel box world. The “LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS” had become a particularly popular concept during the Victorian Period. Each blossom conveyed a special thought, so a conversation could be expressed through the exchange of flowers– the four-leaf clover for good luck, daisies for innocence, roses for love and beauty, and so on.

Within The Jewel Box Book is the complete chapter entitled “LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS” from Collier’s Cyclopedia of Social and Commercial Information. Published in 1883, it provides an authoritative basis for the meanings of flowers depicted on the jewel cases pictured in this book.

the language of flowers

At the turn of the century, these “sentiments” were also reflected in the Art Nouveau style on jewelry boxes. Art Nouveau was a romantic style noted for its flowing, asymmetrical lines, with motifs relating to nature which fit very well with the Victorian love of flowers. Vines, birds, women with flowing hair: Birds, Bees, Peacocks, Hearts, Religious, Cherubs, Cupid, and others. Then jewel box styles broadened to include Revival styles from around the world: Egypt, Pompeii, Greece and Rome, then home to Colonial America; Arts and Crafts appeared, and Art Deco; all before WWI.


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