Brass Handles

Whether it was country to country, city to city or just room to room, some of these boxes, often being heavy, needed to be carried easily and safely during travel. Taking influence from the campaign furniture of the time, makers would fit brass side or top handles to these boxes. So as not to ruin the profile of the box, recessed or flush mounted handles were used. The late Georgian and William IV style of handle tended to be quite formal in appearance, but as Victorian tastes evolved, handle design often became more stylised. In some cases, the handles even became the focus of the exterior, with their extravagant form or engraved finishing.

Neoclassical Style Engraved Brass Side Handle taken from an Antique Jewellery Box by Charles Asprey & Son.

Neoclassical Style Engraved Brass Side Handle taken from an Antique Jewellery Box by Charles Asprey & Son.

Asprey ‘Exhibition’ Piece - Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlay and Secret Compartments.

Asprey ‘Exhibition’ Piece – Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlay and Secret Compartments.

Neoclassical Shaped and Engraved Brass Side Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlay.

Neoclassical Shaped and Engraved Brass Side Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Brass Inlay.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

Magnificent Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel with Engraved Brass Inlay and Concealed Drawer.

Magnificent Antique Dressing Case from Asprey, Displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Ormolu side handle in the design of fish, elaborately entwined, from a Magnificent Antique Dressing Case from Asprey, Displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Magnificent Antique Dressing Case from Asprey, Displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Magnificent Antique Dressing Case from Asprey, Displayed at the Great Exhibition of 1851.

Sculpted and Engraved Brass Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Figured Walnut.

Sculpted and Engraved Brass Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Figured Walnut.

Walnut Antique Jewellery Box with Drop Front and Concealed Drawers.

Walnut Antique Jewellery Box with Drop Front and Concealed Drawers.

Neoclassical Shaped and Engraved Brass Side Handle taken from a Howell James & Co. Antique Box.

Neoclassical Shaped and Engraved Brass Side Handle taken from a Howell James & Co. Antique Box.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.

Burr Walnut Antique Jewellery Box Manufactured by Howell James & Co.

Ornate Brass Handle with Engraved Decoration from a Leuchars Antique Coromandel Box.

Ornate Brass Handle with Engraved Decoration from a Leuchars Antique Coromandel Box.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Brass 'Campaign' Style Handle from an Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Brass ‘Campaign’ Style Handle from an Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Asprey Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Sculpted Brass Handle with Engraved Decoration from a Leuchars Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Sculpted Brass Handle with Engraved Decoration from a Leuchars Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Antique Jewellery Box in Coromandel by Leuchars.

Antique Neoclassical Style Engraved Brass Handle.

Antique Neoclassical Style Engraved Brass Handle.

Antique Jewellery Box in Kingwood with Brass Inlaid Coronet Monogram.

Antique Jewellery Box in Kingwood with Brass Inlaid Coronet Monogram.

Decorative Brass Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander by William Lockwood.

Decorative Brass Handle from an Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander by William Lockwood.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander by William Lockwood.

Antique Jewellery Box in Calamander by William Lockwood.

Sculpted Brass Handle from an Antique Coromandel Jewellery Box, by Leuchars.

Sculpted Brass Handle from an Antique Coromandel Jewellery Box, by Leuchars.

Antique Coromandel Jewellery Box with Two Drawers and Secret Floor Compartment, by Leuchars.

Antique Coromandel Jewellery Box with Two Drawers and Secret Floor Compartment, by Leuchars.