Jewel Box or Casket

Japonesque rectangular box with pyramidal cover and fixed, tall arched handle on four ball feet. Box and cover have satin- or matte-finish grounds with bright cut floral sprigs divided by polished diagonal bands containing wrigglework geometric motifs; angled, low-relief, die-rolled bands of birds amidst flowering branches and plant-filled urns trim rim and base of box, while a shield-like palmate finial with 3 ball tips tops cover. Double-wire handle with triple semicircular fan finial. Underside of box bottom struck with an incuse circular mark containing a pointed shield with balanced scales bordered by "x MERIDEN x / B. COMPANY." in sans serif letters and "8".
Currently not on view
date made
1873 - 1877
Meriden Britannia Company
place made
United States: Connecticut, Meriden
Physical Description
silver plate (overall material)
electroplated (overall production method/technique)
overall: 8 3/8 in x 5 in x 3 1/2 in; 21.2725 cm x 12.7 cm x 8.89 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of Insilco Corporation
Personal Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History