The use of brass to edge the perimeter of a box seems to date back to around the start of George IV’s reign in 1820. As well as to protect, strengthen and conceal the joints, the brass was also considered as an additional decoration to the box’s exterior. The most commonly used forms of brass edging were right angle brass, radial brass, quadrant brass or brass corner strapping. As Victorian tastes and fashions changed, many of the finest boxes were edged with the more profiled quadrant brass.
Quadrant Brass Edging on a Coromandel Antique Dressing Case.
Antique Dressing Case in Coromandel with Silver-Gilt Bottles, by Betjemann & Sons.
Antique Brass Binding and Corner Mount.
Antique Jewellery Box in Burr Walnut with Cantilever Mechanism.
Right-Angle Brass Edging on an Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.
Antique Officer’s Box in Cuban Mahogany, by David Edwards.
Brass Radial Edging on an Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, by Austin of Dublin.
Antique Jewellery Box in Rosewood with Foliate Brass Inlay, by Austin of Dublin.
Brass Strapped Binding on a Mahogany Antique Jewellery Box.
Antique Box in Mahogany with Brass Strapped Binding.
Nickel Plated Brass Radial Edging on an Antique Coromandel Jewellery Box.
Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel, Retailed by Ernest Renton.