A beautiful old antique ring box with a red Moroccan leather exterior and a cream coloured fitted interior.
The ring slot is on the oblique, slanted in a diagonal line from corner to corner, which is highly unusual and also means that you can use it to display large faced rings and gents big rings, a fairly rare circumstance.
The box will just as happily accommodate smaller engagement and wedding rings. A box with tons of versatility, it's wonderful shield shape is fabulous for displaying mourning rings, signet rings and rings with locket compartments in the front.
Lovely quality, the box has a brass hook fastener and is gold foil printed inside the lid " W. Wray, Jewellers, 88 New St." The box measures 1-3/8" (3.5cm) high, the same front to back and 1-1/4" (3cm) across the top. The interior slot is well structured and will support rings upright. Suitable for displaying rings in a shop or collection, storing them safely, gifting, or for use as props for photography.
We are dating this box to a fairly early age, Georgian, possibly very early Victorian: this is a shape that was fashionable then and this high quality red Moroccan leather was used for jewellery boxes at that time. The jewellers address is simply 'New St.' and printed without a town which suggests that this was likely situated in London before the formation of boroughs and districts. There is a New Street in London - "it is a narrow, sloping street leading on a slight rise from St. Martin's Lane to King Street, Covent Garden. It was "new" in 1644, having been built up by the 1st Duke of Bedford and most of the buildings were occupied by artisans and small traders" -
CONDITION: in pre-loved condition with some wear, dirt, and deterioration - but possibly not as much as expected in an antique ring box of this age, please see the photos. The hook fastener works without a problem.
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