Tortoiseshell & Silver Pin Boxes by Cornelius Desormeaux, 1894 & 95. Retailed by Rowell, Oxford.

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A pair of tortoiseshell & silver pin boxes with matching interiors by Cornelius Desormeaux Saunders. The boxes are fully hallmarked for Chester, 1894 and 1895 respectively. Retailed by Rowell, Oxford; an iconic jeweller who provided jewels for royalty. 

One box bears the word 'pins' in sterling silver, the other has art nouveau foliate scroll decoration to opposite corners. It appears that the latter box would have had script to the centre originally as there is evidence of mounting holes but it remains attractive nonetheless.  

Both boxes have signs of wear to the exterior commensurate with age. The 'Pins' box has a small chip to the rear and both boxes show some 'misting' to the tortoiseshell tops (please see photographs). The interiors of both remain in an excellent condition with the original green velvet cushioning remaining bright and clean. Both boxes have retained their original maroon leather bases. 

Dimensions

'Pins' Box

Length: 10.5cm

Depth: 6.5cm

Height: 3cm

Weight: 75 grams


Foliate Box

Length: 13cm

Depth: 7cm

Height: 2.5cm

Weight: 90 grams