A vintage, possibly antique, oval shaped embossed brass or bronze (see later) trinket or jewellery box, possibly for pearls. The embossed lid has an applied piece of brass work with acanthus leaves and what looks very like a tulip, a sort of art nouveau design.
On the base of the box, there is a makers mark which we have, as yet, been unable to identify. This consists of an inverted triangle with a deer at the centre, and with the surrounding points each bearing an initial – V, H, D (we believe). In addition, the word BRONZE has been applied at the top of the inverted triangle.
The lid is hinged and although structurally sound, there is a slight smile to the lid, possibly because of the internal bag. The bag inside the box is make of plush on the outside and lined with satin or sateen, with a padded base. Originally, the bag is a draw string bag, but the string itself appears to be missing. There are a couple of small marks on the cloth bag, from cleaning fluid we think, that we have been unable to remove. The box itself has been lightly cleaned only in the light of the word bronze, but if the box is indeed bronze, it has had the patina cleaned off by a previous owner. The box may benefit from a further, more expert, cleaning.
The box measures approximately 5.625in by about 4in and is about 1.5in deep top to bottom. Inside the box, its depth is approximately 1.125in, excluding the cloth bag to the top of the rim on the base. Exact age unknown but probably dates from the earlier part of last century. Weighs, in total, just under 240g.
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