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:
Introduction 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 DecorationMetal CompositionFinishesFrom the Manufacturer to the Market
Trademarks Patents Copyrights Pirating of Designs Quality Control Sales and Advertising
Sample Catalogs of the TimeManufacturers and Their Boxes
Anchor Silver Plate Company The Art Metal Works Benedict Manufacturing Company Benedict-Proctor 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
ANTIQUE ART NOUVEAU VICTORIAN JEWELRY BOXES
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.
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.