2nd WEBSITE Re-Design

1. FINISHES PAGE—new copy

Art Metal manufacturers experimented with many finishes. Jewelry boxes were electroplated with gold (sometimes called “Ormolu”), silver, copper, and given a variety of other finishes such as “French Bronze,” “Roman Gold,” “French Gray,” or “Parisian Silver.” Around 1911, ivory finishes were introduced. These boxes were painted with enamel, then finished with various oxides, resulting in “Old Ivory,” “Oriental Ivory,” and “Tinted Ivory.” Ivory enamel finished boxes were advertised as “more lasting than gold- or silver-plated boxes” and, in fact, they were. Some boxes were even given additional tooling to highlight certain aspects of the jewel cases.

All of these finishes, and more, are found on trinket boxes, caskets, and jewelry boxes– described and pictured in full color in The Jewel Box Book. Photography by Willa Davis.



1913 Metal Goods. On metal goods…………….. From the Northwestern Druggist August 1913



SHOPPING FUN in the “early days.” With the development of a Middle Class in 1900 America, also came some discretionary funds for family spending. The end of the 1800’s saw the creation of the Montgomery Ward and Sears & Roebuck catalogs and, soon after, Macy’s and others. So, persons could merely “turn the page” to shop for necessities as well as items which they found appealing. Enter the jewel box, casket, trinket box, pictured as early as 1905 in Macy’s catalog; and soon after in Sears and Wards. THE JEWEL BOX BOOK shows pages of jewel boxes in seventeen catalogs, 1905-15: size, finish, price, etc. Today’s opportunity for identification.

Within a very few years, jewel cases became very popular. (this sentence is first sentence of next paragraph):

Not only did art metal manufacturers cast jewel boxes ………………..


3. GALLERY page:

ABOUT TRADEMARKS: It is well known that European and American silversmiths trademarked their wares, and these trademarks can be discovered and identified in the innumerable books available on the subject. However, authorship of early 1900 art metal goods has not been so easily determined. Through considerable research by this author, the major art metal manufacturers and the trademarks they used have been identified, and are pictured in The Jewel Box Book. But many jewel cases have no trademark, yet can we still know the manufacturer? How did trademarks come into being, anyway? Find the answers to these questions in THE JEWEL BOX BOOK.



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