Over the years, Joanne Victoria Wiertella has received numerous inquiries as to the art metal manufacturer, date of manufacture, and the current value of jewel boxes. It became overly time-consuming to research and respond to each inquiry, particularly since many of these answers can be found in The Jewel Box Book. Wiertella now charges a small fee for this service; however, there is no fee if you have purchased Wiertella's book.
How to Submit Your Information
Please provide photos of the box (front, top, and underside), a description of any markings (letters, numbers, and more) on the bottom, and approximate measurements (length x width x height). This information can be emailed or sent by post.
How to Pay for Valuation Services
If you have a jewelry box, casket, or trinket box you would like to learn more about, Wiertella is happy to provide you with what information she can for a fee of $15 (US) per box, which must be received in advance. If she is unable to provide any information, she will refund your payment. For your convenience, cash, checks, money orders, and PayPal are accepted. Please review the below information concerning your preferred method of payment.
Checks and Money Orders
Make checks and money orders payable to Joanne Wiertella. Mail payments to the following address: P.O. Box 442 Dexter, MI 48130-0442
Log into your PayPal account, enter firstname.lastname@example.org as the recipient, and follow the instructions to send your payment.
Please be aware that Wiertella is not a certified appraiser. However, she does hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and has researched and published the first, and to date only, book on these beautiful American art metal jewel boxes which assumes some authority.