Boxing Day

Edwardian English Cast Brass Stamp or Trinket Box with Lion's Paw Feet (LEO Design)

In Edwardian England (where and when this box was made), wealthy and middle class families would employ servants—who were expected to serve their masters on Christmas Day. Their day off was on the 26th, known as Boxing Day, the day on which servants would receive gifts from their employers. Traditionally, even the tradesmen who served the family would be given "boxes" with a gratuity or other gift within.  Today, the occasion is still observed as a "bank holiday" in England and other Commonwealth countries—though very few families still employ live-in servants.

The brass stamp box, shown here, was made around 1905.  Besides stamps, it is a cozy spot to hold a few rings, clips or flat cufflinks.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about it.


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