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Silver-Plated Spelter Oval Trinket Box with Scrolling Foliate Decoration (LEO Design)

I found this oval trinket box in Oxford, England.  I am not convinced that it is English.  And it is likely from the 1950's (not the 1850's).  But I picked-it-up anyway.  The weight, useful size, and beautiful scrolling foliate decoration made it a handsome piece—a decent replica of a finer piece (and at a much more affordable price).  It is cast of spelter and finished with a plating of silver.  It is lined with a flocked red interior and is the perfect size for presenting or safeguarding something of value.  Three "clues" provide the giveaway that the box is from the Mid-Twentieth Century: the spelter base metal (rather than copper, brass or bronze), the seaming at the long ends of the oval, and the generally well-preserved condition of the interior lining.  Such a box would also be just about right to contain the cremated remains of a small, cherished pet.  The top could be sealed shut with glue, the box later kept in a place of honor or interred.  Click on the photo above for more about this handsome box.


Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (

We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques ( or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (

Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248